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New Hampshire Joins States Suing Pharmacies Over Role in Opioid Epidemic

The state of New Hampshire sued pharmacy chains Tuesday, becoming the latest government entity seeking to hold them accountable for fueling the nation’s deadly opioid epidemic. The lawsuit filed by Attorney General John Formella calls CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and …

New York Expands Opioid Settlement Board

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation Saturday expanding the state’s Opioid Settlement Board from 19 members to 21 members. Hochul also appointed two women to the board, which is responsible for helping distribute settlement money from opioid manufacturers and …

Purdue’s Sacklers Consider Adding $1 Billion More to Opioid Settlement

Members of the billionaire Sackler family that own Purdue Pharma LP are weighing whether to add $1 billion to the OxyContin-maker’s faltering opioid settlement bid in an effort to win over holdouts, according to people familiar with the offer. The …

Bipartisan Report Calls for New Strategy, Cabinet Post to Fight Opioid Epidemic

The U.S. needs a nimble, multipronged strategy and Cabinet-level leadership to counter its festering overdose epidemic, a bipartisan congressional commission advises. With vastly powerful synthetic drugs like fentanyl driving record overdose deaths, the scourge of opioids awaits after the COVID-19 …

Ruling Against Purdue’s Sacklers Puts Controversial Bankruptcy Tactic in Spotlight

A federal judge’s decision to unravel a settlement shielding members of the Sackler family from future opioid litigation could upend a controversial corner of U.S. bankruptcy law: protecting third parties who have not filed for Chapter 11 themselves. In a …

Judge Tosses $4.5B Deal Shielding Sacklers From Purdue Opioid Claims

A federal judge has thrown out a $4.5 billion settlement that would have shielded the Sackler family, which owned OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, from future lawsuits over opioids, upending the company’s plan to reorganize in bankruptcy court. U.S. District Judge …

AbbVie Pays $200M to Settle Opioid Marketing Case Right Before Trial Ends

AbbVie Inc. agreed to pay $200 million to settle claims by New York that its Allergan unit helped fuel an epidemic of opioid addiction in the state, shortly before jurors heard closing arguments from remaining defendant Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. …

Sackler Family Denies Scheme to Abuse Bankruptcy System and Avoid Liability

Members of the Sackler family on Monday said billions of dollars they collected from Purdue Pharma before the company filed for Chapter 11 was the result of extra cash, not part of a “secret plan” to abuse the bankruptcy system. …

Why Jury’s Opioid Verdict Against Pharmacy Chains May Not Survive Appeal

While a Cleveland jury concluded Walmart Inc., CVS Health Corp. and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. exacerbated Ohio’s opioid epidemic with lax oversight of prescription painkillers, the verdict may not survive on appeal, according to legal experts. The companies, which vowed …

Publicis Loses Bid to Escape Massachusetts Opioid Marketing Lawsuit

A unit of French advertising company Publicis Groupe SA on Friday lost a bid to dismiss a lawsuit by Massachusetts’ attorney general claiming it helped OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP fuel the U.S. opioid epidemic. Publicis Health had called Attorney …