(AP) - Lawyers for some state and local governments say the deal being offered by companies in a sweeping national settlement over the toll of opioids isn’t enough.
Four months after a handful of states agreed to a structure for a deal, it’s proving to be a tough sell to their counterparts across the country.
A group of lawyers for local governments says the offer is inadequate even after a group of companies led by the nation’s three largest drug distributors have increased their proposed contributions.
Twenty-one state attorneys general signed a letter last week saying they opposed the current $18 billion deal, saying it’s not enough, Business Insider reported.
North Carolina, Texas, Pennsylvania and Tennessee helped create the deal being rejected by the other states.
Pressure is mounting to reach a nationwide deal with a trial scheduled to start in New York next month.