X

Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
A Cleveland judge says the U.S. government has punted on the nationwide opioid epidemic. So he’s grabbing the ball and running with it. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A Cleveland judge says the U.S. government has punted on the nationwide opioid epidemic. So he’s grabbing the ball and running with it.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Polster has summoned pharma executives, law enforcement, government officials and lawyers to his court on Wednesday as he tries to forge a deal that would address the crisis and resolve more than 200 lawsuits stemming from it. 

It’s a daring strategy even for a 20-year veteran judge who doesn’t shy away from seemingly intractable conflicts. Polster has said he hopes to strike a deal this year to offset the billions of dollars in costs U.S. municipalities face in dealing with an epidemic that claims 150 American lives each day. 

“It would be fantastic if he can put together a settlement that really addresses these issues in that short a period,” said Jane Eggen, a law professor at Widener University in Delaware who teaches mass-tort law. It’s an “ambitious way to start.” 

Complete your profile to continue reading and get FREE access to BenefitsPRO.com, part of your ALM digital membership.

Your access to unlimited BenefitsPRO.com content isn’t changing.
Once you are an ALM digital member, you’ll receive:

  • Critical BenefitsPRO.com information including cutting edge post-reform success strategies, access to educational webcasts and videos, resources from industry leaders, and informative Newsletters.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM, BenefitsPRO magazine and BenefitsPRO.com events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com

Already have an account?

BenefitsPRO Broker Expo 2021Event

The premier educational and networking event for employee benefits brokers and agents.

Get More Information
 

BenefitsPRO Broker Expo 2021Event

The premier educational and networking event for employee benefits brokers and agents.

Get More Information
 

BenefitsPRO Broker Expo 2021Event

The premier educational and networking event for employee benefits brokers and agents.

Get More Information
 

BenefitsPRO

Join BenefitsPRO

Don’t miss crucial news and insights you need to navigate the shifting employee benefits industry. Join BenefitsPRO.com now!

  • Unlimited access to BenefitsPRO.com - your roadmap to thriving in a disrupted environment
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com
  • Exclusive discounts on BenefitsPRO.com and ALM events.

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join BenefitsPRO

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.