Opioid distributors, J&J near settlement to resolve thousands of cases

Progress toward an agreement in the years-long legal battle has been announced before, but this time, Joseph F. Rice, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs, said a settlement could be reached “within days.” Then each state must decide whether to sign on; if enough do, cities and counties within each state must decide whether to accept the deal. There are incentives built in to encourage participation by the large majority of jurisdictions needed to make the agreement official.

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