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Map with pills Representatives from major pharmaceutical companies will testify before the House committee after an  investigation found that the companies distributed millions of pain pills just in one state. (Image: Shutterstock)

As the opioid crisis drags on, the wheels of justice continue to turn, with distributors of opioids scheduled to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in May and a federal judge in Ohio setting a trial date for next March for cases from three of the cities and counties that have brought suit against drug companies.

Reports from The Hill detail the actions, with the executives from five opioid distributors set to be questioned about how millions of pills flooded little towns in West Virginia. Meanwhile, Judge Dan Polster in Ohio is choosing cases from the “hundreds brought under Poster’s review” to serve as “bellwethers” that could bring settlements or further legal action to drive change.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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