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Opioid Judge Allows Trial Prep as Settlement Talks Hit Snag

  • Negotiations to continue while trial evidence is collected
  • Purdue, other opioid makers accused of creating health crisis
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A push to resolve more than 350 lawsuits against the makers and distributors of opioid painkillers has hit a snag, so a federal judge cleared the way for lawyers to start collecting evidence for trials.

U.S. District Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland said Wednesday “substantial progress’’ has been made in talks between U.S. cities and counties and Purdue Pharma LLP and other opioid makers and distributors, but both sides have found “barriers to a global settlement.’’