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Good morning, everyone, and welcome to another working week. We hope the weekend respite was relaxing and invigorating, because that predictable routine of deadlines, meetings, and Skype calls has, of course, returned, although at a slightly slower pace due to observance of a holiday in some places on this side of the pond. Nonetheless, we are forging ahead with a cup or three of stimulation — the season’s pumpkin spice is our choice this morning. On that note, here are some tidbits to get you going. Hope all goes well today and do keep in touch…

A U.S. bankruptcy judge temporarily halted scores of lawsuits against Purdue Pharma and its owners, the Sackler family, The Washington Post writes. Extending that relief to the Sacklers, who have not filed for bankruptcy protection, is “extraordinary” but appropriate in this case, Judge Robert Drain said. During the three-week reprieve, Purdue Pharma agreed to address one of the key concerns — access to more information about the Sacklers’ finances — raised by state attorneys general who objected to including the family in the temporary injunction.

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