Judge Dan Polster

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For the first time, a federal court in Ohio is releasing a trove of data that offers far more detail about the size and scope of the nation's opioid epidemic — and about the role played by drug companies and pharmacies like CVS, Walgreens and Johnson & Johnson that profited from the rapid growth of prescription opioid sales.

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Attorneys handling hundreds of lawsuits stemming from the opioid crisis say they’re making progress in discussions between local governments and drug companies.

 

U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster held a brief public hearing today to discuss the suits brought by cities, counties, Native American tribes and others against drug makers and distributors.

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Dozens of lawsuits filed by cities, counties and states across the country against opioid manufacturers and distributors will be consolidated in an Ohio court.

A panel of federal judges decided Tuesday that 64 lawsuits filed in seven states, including Ohio, will have their cases consolidated and pretrial motions will be heard by U.S. District Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland.

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was the site for an induction of a different kind today as 32 people took the oath to become U.S. citizens.

About 200 spectators came to show support for the new citizens, who were gathered on the mall outside of the Rock Hall.

Maria Hsia came to the U.S. from the Philippines in 1996. Now, she lives in Twinsburg and is also one of the 32 new citizens.