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Some 2,000 suits against opioid makers have been consolidated in federal court in Ohio, and other cases are pending in state courts. (Photo: George Frey) Some 2,000 suits against opioid makers have been consolidated in federal court in Ohio, and other cases are pending in state courts. (Photo: George Frey)

The billionaire owners of Purdue Pharma LP must face a New York lawsuit claiming they triggered the U.S. opioid epidemic, a judge ruled, handing an early victory to states and local governments seeking to recoup billions of dollars in social costs from the drugs.

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