U.S. judge approves novel framework for opioid settlement talks

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U.S. judge approves novel framework for opioid settlement talksThe proposal, part of litigation consolidating about 2,000 lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, retailers and others seeking damages for the epidemic, calls for creating a class of up to 3,000 counties and 30,000 cities, towns and villages that could vote on whether to accept any settlement the plaintiffs reach with the defendants. A settlement would need to win support of at least 75 percent of class members to be approved. To address concerns from states, Polster ruled the process could not be used to negotiate on behalf of counties and municipalities against their own state governments in any disputes over allocating settlement funds.


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