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Juul Reaches $439 Million Settlement Over Marketing to Children

Juul Labs Inc. reached an agreement in principle to pay $438.5 million to 33 states to resolve a two-year bipartisan probe into the e-cigarette manufacturer’s marketing and sales practices, particularly claims that it marketed addictive nicotine products to children. The …

New Hampshire to Get $40.5M in Opioids Case Settlement

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $40.5 million in a settlement with New Hampshire over its role in the opioid addiction crisis, days before the case was scheduled for trial, the state attorney general’s …

AbbVie Unit Settles New York Opioid Case For $200M as Trial Winds Down

Drugmaker AbbVie Inc agreed to pay $200 million to settle claims by New York that it helped fuel an epidemic of opioid addiction in the state, on the day jurors were expected to hear closing arguments at the end of …

Trial Against Pharmacy Chains’ Opioid Sales Set to Begin

CLEVELAND (AP) — Opening statements are scheduled for Monday afternoon in Cleveland in a federal court trial to determine whether retail pharmacy chains created a public nuisance in how they dispensed addictive painkillers in two Ohio counties where the opioid …

W. Va. City, Drug Distributors Trade Final Words in Landmark Opioid Trial

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Lawyers for a West Virginia city and county hard hit by the opioid crisis began wrapping up their case in a $2.5 billion trial on Tuesday arguing major drug distributors flooded the region with the addictive pills, …

McKinsey Opioid Work Included Advising Distributors, Tribe Says

McKinsey & Co.’s role in assisting companies profiting from opioid-based painkillers was “far more extensive” than just advising makers of the highly addictive medicines, according to an Indian tribe’s newly filed lawsuit. Besides advising manufacturers such as Johnson & Johnson …

McKinsey Targeted by School Districts Over Opioid-Related Costs

McKinsey & Co. faces Kentucky and West Virginia school districts’ lawsuits alleging the company’s work for opioid makers fed an epidemic that harmed children and drove up educational costs, in the first such cases by educators against the consulting firm. …

Purdue’s Sacklers Ask to Publish Defense to Clear Their Name

Purdue Pharma LP’s billionaire owners went on the offensive against what they call unfair press treatment that’s based on the false assumption they helped trigger the U.S. opioid epidemic. The Sackler family, whose bankrupt company developed the OxyContin painkiller, asked …

Juul Disregarded Early Evidence it was Hooking Teens

The San Francisco startup that invented the groundbreaking Juul e-cigarette had a central goal during its development: captivating users with the first hit. The company had concluded that consumers had largely rejected earlier e-cigarettes, former employees told Reuters, because the …

J&J Avoids Risky Opioid Trial With ‘Chump Change’ Ohio Deal

Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay more than $20 million to avoid the first federal trial in which it faced accusations of helping fuel the opioid epidemic by mishandling its painkillers. Under the deal, announced late Tuesday, J&J will pay …