Summit county executive Ilene Shapiro speaks to the media outside the US Federal courthouse in Cleveland on Monday. Photo: AP

US drug companies avert landmark opioid crisis trial with US$260 million settlement

  • Trial was seen as critical test case for barrage of lawsuits across country, with opioid scourge being blamed for 400,000 US deaths in two decades
  • Agreement was struck in middle of the night, just hours before jury was expected to hear opening arguments
Topic |   Fentanyl and other opioids

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Summit county executive Ilene Shapiro speaks to the media outside the US Federal courthouse in Cleveland on Monday. Photo: AP
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