J&J, Distributors May Be Free Of Opioid Litigation If Enough States Sign On To $26bn Settlement
NY AG has ‘no comment’ on whether criminal charges will be pursued against company executives; NC AG predicts ‘north of 40 states’ expected to accept settlement and would then need to convince municipalities to come on board. States with ongoing litigation against manufacturers may opt for jury trial instead.
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