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A federal judicial panel has ordered nearly 180 government lawsuits filed against opioid manufacturers and distributors to be transferred to a judge in Ohio.

Tuesday’s ruling by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation means that all federal lawsuits brought by cities, counties, states and other governmental units over the opioid crisis will be sent to U.S. District Judge Dan Polster of the Northern District of Ohio, a 1998 appointee of President Bill Clinton.

The panel, in an unusually lengthy opinion, found common facts among all the cases.

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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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