There was a concerted effort late last week to avert today’s trial. But after a full day of face-to-face negotiations on Friday, state attorneys general, corporate executives and lawyers for the cities and counties failed to agree on a proposed $50 billion plan to settle the lawsuits.
“Polster, who has encouraged a negotiated settlement for nearly two years, warned the parties this could be their last hope for a quick resolution,” Lenny reports, along with The Post’s Sari Horwitz, Scott Higham and Aaron C. Davis. “If they failed to reach a settlement, he said, a jury would be seated for opening arguments Monday in the biggest civil action in American history.”
“Polster also said that nobody could anticipate how those jurors would decide, or how many years of appeals might follow, imperiling companies and communities affected by addiction,” they write.
The failure wasn’t for lack of trying. During the Friday talks — which started about 9:30 a.m. and broke up shortly after 7:30 p.m. — Polster shuttled between groups camped in rooms in two floors of the federal courthouse in Cleveland, per my colleagues. But to no avail.
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