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Kroger agrees 'in principle' to pay $1.4 billion to settle opioid lawsuits

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(The Center Square) - Ohio-based Kroger agreed in principle to settle lawsuits that by paying $1.37 billion to state and local governments for its role in fueling the opioid epidemic.

Kroger owns Fred Meyer and QFC stores, which have dispensed opioids nationwide.

"Opioid manufacturers, distributors, dispensers, and consultants all had a hand in creating the opioid crisis, and they have a responsibility to pay for the devastating results of their reckless behavior, " Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, who led the negotiations, said in a press release.

33 Attorneys General urging Supreme Court to uphold whistleblower law

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Connecticut Attorney General William Tong is leading 33 states attorneys general in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a pair of lower court rulings that could have broad implications for whistleblowers, and the government's ability to go after public fraud.