Lawyer in Nevada opioids suits sees boost from Oklahoma case

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Attorney Robert Eglet pointed Wednesday to a $572 million judgment the state of Oklahoma won on Monday against drugmaker Johnson & Johnson in a case heard by a judge.

Nearly every U.S. state and some 2,000 local governments have lawsuits pending against dozens of drugmakers and distributors including Purdue Pharma, maker of Oxycontin.

In a statement, Purdue said Wednesday it's prepared to defend itself but hopes to avoid years of litigation by reaching an umbrella settlement.

Eglet represents the state of Nevada; Clark County; Reno; North Las Vegas; Henderson; and Las Vegas.

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