Dan Polster

The federal judge overseeing thousands of opioid lawsuits appears poised to approve a pathway for resolving local government claims against the drug industry and dividing settlement dollars nationwide.  

“There has to be some vehicle to resolve these lawsuits,” U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster said during a Tuesday morning hearing in federal court in Cleveland.

Drug companies have not yet settled claims brought against them in federal court, but confidential settlement talks have continued since the start of the multi-district case.

The plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors are proposing creating a "negotiating class" to settle claims with the companies. 

Lawyers for the drug companies and the cities, counties and towns suing them descended on District Court Judge Dan Polster's Clevleand federal district courtroom Tuesday for a hearing.

Polster started by saying the opioid litigation in front of him has been “called by some the most complex litigation ever tried.”

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, September 6:

  • Smucker Co. completes $375M sale;
  • Akron's West Point Market to shut down;
  • Purdue Pharma to make grant for low-dose naloxone nasal spray;
  • Documents show potential tax charges in December Cleveland City Hall raid;
  • Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert looking to exit casino business;
  • Obama to campaign for Democrats in Cleveland; 

Smucker Co. completes $375M sale

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