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Carl B. Stokes Federal Court House Building in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The trial was supposed to be a bellwether for more than 2,600 lawsuits brought by cities, counties, states and other governments against opioid manufacturers and distributors. (Photo: Amanda Bronstad)

About 60 lawyers in Cleveland hammered out a last-minute settlement on the eve of the first jury trial over the opioid crisis arriving bleary-eyed on what would have been opening statements on Monday.

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