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Oklahoma court rejects opioid trial delay

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a request by drugmakers to immediately postpone the May start of a trial in a lawsuit that accuses the companies of fueling the state's opioid epidemic.

On Wednesday, the court instead set a March 20 hearing on whether to grant a 100-day postponement of the trial.

The trial is scheduled to start May 28 in Cleveland County, where a judge has already denied the request.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter sued 13 opioid manufacturers in 2017, alleging they fraudulently engaged in marketing campaigns that led to thousands of overdose addictions and deaths.

Several states have filed similar lawsuits, but Oklahoma's is expected to be the first to go to trial.

Drugmakers say they need more time to analyze documents provided by the attorney general.

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