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CVS, Walmart, Walgreens Agree to Pay $13.8B to Settle U.S. Opioid Claims

CVS Health Corp., Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and Walmart Inc. have agreed to pay about $13.8 billion to resolve thousands of U.S. state, local and tribal government lawsuits accusing the pharmacy chains of mishandling opioid painkillers. CVS said Wednesday it …

Ohio Supreme Ct: Insurer Has No Duty to Defend Drug Distributor Against Opioid Lawsuit

An insurer has no duty to defend a drug distributor against lawsuits filed by cities and counties that allege it failed to take proper steps to prevent abuse of prescription opioids, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. In a 5-2 …

Tennessee Sues Walgreens Pharmacy Chain over Opioid Distribution

The state of Tennessee sued Walgreens on Wednesday, accusing the retail pharmacy giant of fueling the state’s opioid epidemic by willfully flooding the market with an oversupply of prescription narcotics in violation of consumer protection and public nuisance laws. According …

US Judge Finds for Three Drug Distributors in West Virginia Opioid Lawsuit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ruled in favor of three major U.S. drug distributors in a landmark lawsuit that accused them of causing a health crisis by distributing 81 million pills over eight years in one …

Tentative $161.5 Million Settlement Reached in Opioid Trial

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Attorneys for the state of West Virginia and two remaining pharmaceutical manufacturers have reached a tentative $161.5 million settlement just as closing arguments were set to begin in a seven-week trial over the opioid epidemic, Attorney …

J&J Settles West Virginia Opioid Litigation for $99M

Johnson & Johnson said on Monday it agreed to pay $99 million to settle claims by West Virginia that it helped fuel an opioid addiction crisis in the state, removing the company from an ongoing trial that began earlier this …

Walgreens Trial Over its Part in Florida Opioid Crisis Set to Begin

A jury trial accusing Walgreens Boots Alliance WBA.O of contributing to Florida’s opioid addiction epidemic was set to begin on Monday after the pharmacy chain opted not to join a multimillion-dollar settlement by other defendants. The state accuses Walgreens of …

Rhode Island Takes Teva to Trial in Multibillion-Dollar Opioid Case

Rhode Island is set to square off on Monday against Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., as a multibillion-dollar trial begins over whether the Israeli company contributed to an opioid crisis that has caused more than 500,000 deaths over the past two …

Facing Purdue Owners Brings Pain, Closure for Opioid Victims

NEW YORK (AP) — Kara Trainor composed herself, looked into a camera and began to speak to the drugmakers she holds responsible for two decades of suffering that has extended from her to a son born dependent on opioids. Three …

J&J, Distributors Finalize $26B Landmark Opioid Settlement

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson and three major distributors finalized nationwide settlements over their role in the opioid addiction crisis Friday, an announcement that clears the way for $26 billion to flow to nearly every state and local …