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As drug firms race to position themselves as key players in the coronavirus fight, the industry faces a renewed wave of civil lawsuits stemming from its role in the nation's deadly opioid epidemic.

Thousands of cases that ground to a halt because of the COVID-19 pandemic are moving forward again as local, state and federal courts reopen around the United States.

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A federal judge overseeing opioid litigation in Cleveland has ruled against a request by five pharmacy chains to dismiss lawsuits filed by Lake and Trumbull Counties. 

Two major retailers say they will no longer sell e-cigarettes and related products in the U.S. amid mounting health questions surrounding vaping. 

Nearly 2,000 cities, towns and counties across America are currently participating in a massive multidistrict civil lawsuit against the opioid industry for damages related to the abuse of prescription pain medication. The defendants in the suit include drug manufacturers like Mallinckrodt, wholesale distributors McKesson and Cardinal Health, and pharmacy chains CVS and Walgreens.

foodsafetynews.com

The Ohio Department of Health says a 73-year-old Hancock County woman is the first state resident to contract salmonella from pre-cut melons. 

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Federal health officials say a salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon has sickened 60 people in Ohio and four other Midwestern states. 

republican-convention.org

A growing number of corporations are dropping or reducing their sponsorship of next month's Republican National Convention in Cleveland, according to a report by Bloomberg News.