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Five years after a flood of lawsuits accused drugmakers of creating the opioid crisis, the first federal trial is set to begin Monday in Charleston, West Virginia.

The trial, which is expected to last 12 weeks, comes after several previous bellwether cases in the multidistrict litigation settled or were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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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