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Yost Pitches Constitutional Amendment to Protect Opioid Settlement Money

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The Ohio Attorney General’s office has crafted a proposal that would put guardrails around potential opioid lawsuit settlement money to make sure the funds are used specifically for the opioid epidemic. The proposal spells out a constitutional amendment which creates the Ohio Recovery Foundation, made up of a board of directors and a board of… Read More

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WATCH: What Newly Released Emails Reveal About OxyContin and its Makers

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The U.S. opioid epidemic has taken hundreds of thousands of lives. A reckoning for the manufacturers, marketers and distributors of these drugs has now begun — but despite several multibillion dollar settlements, some states and municipalities say accountability and transparency for the companies is lacking. Casey Ross of STAT News joins PBS NewsHour’s Amna Nawaz… Read More

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W. Va. Sues Opioid Companies Endo, Mallinckrodt

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia is suing two more opioid makers claiming the companies mispresented the risks of their drugs. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the suits against Endo Health Solutions and Mallinckrodt on Wednesday. The cases were filed in Boone County court and seek monetary penalties. The lawsuits accuse the drugmakers and their… Read More

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J&J Sets Aside $4 Billion for Proposed Opioid Settlement

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Johnson & Johnson says it has set aside $4 billion for its share of a proposed multistate agreement to settle opioid litigation, a step that forced it to slash its recently reported financial results. In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Wednesday, J&J said the charge cuts third-quarter net income from $4.8 billion to $1.8… Read More

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DeWine Declares ‘Positive Start’ to Talks Over Opioid Money

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says about 100 lawyers and other interested parties have made a “positive start” on deciding how the state ultimately might spend millions of dollars it could receive from settlements in the national opioid litigation. The Republican governor told The Associated Press he hopes the meeting he convened… Read More

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Ohio Governor Convenes Talks With Lawyers in Opioid Lawsuits

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that he has convened a meeting with the state attorney general and lawyers for cities and counties involved in the national opioid litigation to discuss how millions in settlement dollars might be spent. The Republican governor told The Associated Press he expects about 90 people… Read More

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Opioid Negotiations Fail to Produce Deal Just Before Trial

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Negotiations aimed at reaching a major settlement in the nation’s opioid litigation reached an impasse Friday. Key differences were between state attorneys general and lawyers representing local governments, rather than with the drugmakers and distributors they are suing. One of the negotiators, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, said late Friday that local governments did… Read More

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Opioid Industry Presses for Settlement as Trial Looms

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CLEVELAND (AP) — With a trial looming, major drug distributors and manufacturers are pressing to settle thousands of claims against them related to the nation’s persistent opioid crisis. The companies are negotiating with state attorneys general as jury selection is expected to wrap up on Thursday in the first federal trial over an overdose epidemic… Read More