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Welcome to Critical MassLaw.com’s weekly briefing for class action and mass tort attorneys. It’s been quite the week for lawsuits over opioids. First, talks over a potential $48 billion global settlement broke down on Friday. Thenthere was the first jury trial over the opioid crisis that, well, didn’t happen. Instead, AmerisourceBergenCardinal Health and McKesson, the three major distributors of opiate pharmaceuticals, and one manufacturer, Teva Pharmaceuticals, agreed to a $260 million settlement with two Ohio counties just hours before opening statements on Monday. Later that day, Pennsylvania’s AG announced the $48 billion deal went through—this time, without all the cities and counties on board. I was in Cleveland on Monday and talked to some of the lawyers who were there. For this week’s Critical Mass, I’ve got more on what’s happening with the opioid cases. As always, please feel free to email me at abronstad@alm.com, or follow me on Twitter@abronstadlaw.

Mark Lanier of The Lanier Law Firm

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Amanda Bronstad

Amanda Bronstad is the ALM staff reporter covering class actions and mass torts nationwide. She writes the email dispatch Critical Mass. She is based in Los Angeles.

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