Other Opioid Claims Move Ahead Amid Bankruptcy

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The lead lawyers for local governments suing drug companies over the opioid crisis say the OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy filing won’t stop a trial scheduled for next month against other parts of the drug industry.

Purdue filed for bankruptcy late Sunday night as part of a settlement plan. Lead lawyers for the local governments suing the company and others support the settlement, as do attorneys general for about half the states.

Other states oppose the plan and say they’ll fight it in court. The first court proceeding in Purdue’s bankruptcy case is expected Tuesday in White Plains, New York.

The lawyers for the local governments say the first federal trial on the matter scheduled to start Oct. 21 in Cleveland should still move ahead.