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A federal judge pushing for a settlement in lawsuits seeking to hold drug makers responsible for their roles in the U.S. opioid epidemic set an aggressive schedule that would have the first trial take place in March 2019, Reuters says. The lawsuits accuse the drug makers of deceptively marketing opioids and allege that wholesalers ignored red flags indicating the painkillers were being diverted for improper uses. Three cases were picked for bellwether trials that are used in mass litigation to help both sides gauge the range of damages and define settlement options.

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