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Good morning, everyone, and welcome to another working week. We hope the weekend respite was relaxing and invigorating because — yes, you guessed it — the inevitable routine of meetings, deadlines, Skype calls, and endless messaging has predictably returned. There is just no stopping it, though. So rather than resist, let a fresh cup of stimulation ease the pain. Our choice today is butter pecan, for those who like to experiment. Meanwhile, here are some tidbits to push you along. Hope all goes well and do stay in touch …

Although the Sackler family rejected a demand they give up $4.5 billion of their personal wealth to settle opioid claims against Purdue Pharma, the company says talks are continuing, the Associated Press reports. A bankruptcy filing seemed imminent after two state attorneys general negotiating with the company said talks with members of the Sackler family reached an impasse over the weekend, according to NPR. But if a bankruptcy filing occurs, it could change the litigation landscape instantly.

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