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Opioids settlement will likely be less than expected

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Welcome to Monday, the 219th anniversary of the House of Representatives’ breaking in Thomas Jefferson’s favor an Electoral College tie for the presidency between Jefferson and Aaron Burr. Here are some news items to get your week started: — Opioids ...

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$260M deal averts first federal trial of opioid crisis

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CLEVELAND — The nation’s three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker agreed to an 11th-hour, $260 million settlement Monday over the deadly toll taken by opioids in two Ohio counties, averting what would have been the first federal trial ...

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Somerset Co. files first opioid suit post-Purdue bankruptcy

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Somerset County has joined the cavalcade of county and local governments in Maryland that are suing over the opioid crisis, but it is the first Maryland jurisdiction to do so without naming Purdue Pharma, the OxyContin manufacturer that has become the face ...

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After filing for bankruptcy, Purdue Pharma may not be off the hook

In court papers filed in New York on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Purdue Pharma filed for bankruptcy in the first step in a complex, multibillion-dollar plan by the maker of OxyContin to settle thousands of lawsuits brought against it by state and local governments over the nation’s deadly opioid disaster. The company ...

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Big question in opioid suits: How to divide any settlement

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The roughly 2,000 state and local governments suing the drug industry over the deadly opioid crisis have yet to see any verdicts or reach any big national settlements but are already tussling with each other over how to divide any ...

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Md. high court reinstates manslaughter conviction for heroin distribution

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Selling heroin to someone who later overdoses can rise to the level of manslaughter under certain circumstances, the state’s high court ruled Monday in a case watched by prosecutors around Maryland. The Court of Appeals, in a 4-3 decision, reinstated the ...

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Purdue Pharma added to Maryland AG action against Sackler family

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Two weeks after filing an administrative action against the family behind Purdue Pharma, Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh has charged the company as well, accusing various Purdue entities of using unfair and deceptive trade practices to market prescription opioids. ...

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Local doctors seek dismissal from massive opioid litigation

A billboard designed to highlight public awareness in Anne Arundel County tracks the annual toll as of April 30, 2018: 332 overdoses and 56 deaths. (Maximilian Franz)

Local doctors caught up in litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors lack both the massive legal teams and vast potential resources of their co-defendants, and they are asking judges to dismiss them from the complex lawsuits where their alleged wrongdoing is barely mentioned. ...

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