April 2, 2018 / 9:47 PM / 20 days ago

U.S. Justice Department seeks roles in opioid settlement talks

April 2 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Monday sought court permission to participate in settlement negotiations aimed at resolving lawsuits by state and local governments against opioid manufacturers and distributors.

The Justice Department in a brief said it wanted to participate in talks overseen by a federal judge in Cleveland, Ohio, as a “friend of the court” that would provide information to facilitate non-monetary remedies to the opioid crisis. (Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston Editing by Leslie Adler)

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