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WASHINGTON – Judges on a national panel must decide whether to consolidate opioid suits of local governments and, if so, whether to send them to West Virginia, Illinois or Ohio.
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It's like a murder mystery in which all the suspects are assembled in one room and the detective grills each of them in turn until he trips one up and has his killer. Each suspect had a motive, each an opportunity, and not one has an alibi. But there's an added twist this time: It turns out that all of the suspects conspired to commit the murder and collaborated in carrying it out. They're all guilty!
CHARLESTON – West Virginia’s liability law has passed its first test by allowing defendants in opioid epidemic suits to spread blame. The new law gives defendants 180 days to identify possibly responsible parties that plaintiffs didn’t sue. Those other parties will pay nothing on a jury verdict, but their share of liability will reduce the damages defendants must pay.
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West Virginians first had to face the epidemic of addiction to opioids. Now there’s an epidemic of opioid lawsuits. Who's responsible for the first epidemic, in addition to the drug abusers, is subject to dispute. The ones responsible for the second epidemic are known.