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Opioid judge orders companies to pay bulk of special master costs because they have 'greater discretionary funding'

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CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors has ordered defendant companies to pay three-quarters of the costs of special masters who are overseeing settlement negotiations.

Opioid judge doesn't want media to know details of settlement talks

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CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing multidistrict litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors has named the teams of lawyers who will try to negotiate a settlement of hundreds of federal lawsuits - a complex task given parallel investigations and litigation by state attorneys general and potentially conflicting goals of private attorneys and their government counterparts.

Usual Suspects: Lawyers used to getting their way in MDL process to lead opioid litigation

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CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - There will be a lot of familiar faces in U.S. District Judge Dan Polster’s courtroom in Cleveland on Jan. 31, when lawyers gather for a hearing on multidistrict litigation against the nation’s opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Illinois Supreme Court mulling who gets consolidated opioid cases – Cook Co. or Springfield judge

SPRINGFIELD – Supreme Court Justices must decide whether suits that counties continue filing against opioid manufacturers belong with a judge from Cook County or a judge from Springfield.

Seats at the opioid litigation table are rearranged; Simmons partner loses spot on executive committee

CLEVELAND – District Judge Dan Polster ordered plaintiff lawyers in national opioid litigation to rearrange seats at the table after a protest against the original executive committee rung out from West Virginia.

Onder firm files talc suit against J&J, others in St. Clair County

BELLEVILLE – A widower of a St. Clair County woman alleges she was exposed to asbestos through talc and talc-based body products.

Florida couple alleges wife's lung cancer caused by secondary asbestos exposure

BELLEVILLE – A Florida woman alleges she was exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who was previously employed by various companies in Illinois.

Woman seeks more than $50,000 from Alfa Laval, others for man's lung cancer death

BELLEVILLE – A woman alleges her decedent's lung cancer-related death was caused by exposure to asbestos.