CLEVELAND: A Cleveland federal judge who is presiding over more than 200 cases filed by government entities against drug manufacturers and distributors over the nation’s opioid epidemic set a Jan. 31 conference for attorneys to continue settlement discussions.

U.S. District Judge Dan Polster wrote in an order issued Thursday that the conference will consist of two sessions.

One will “educate the Court and each other on supply-chain dynamics and other issues relevant to resolving” the lawsuits, while the second will be to pursue settlement talks, the order states.

In addition to attorneys and executives involved in the cases he presides over, Polster told the Associated Press on Thursday that he invited representatives from two groups of attorneys general to attend the hearing.

One group, represented by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, consists of those who have filed lawsuits, which includes Ohio.

The other, larger group has joined a multistate investigation into the industry, according to the AP.

Polster also wants representatives of the Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration to be there, his order states.