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Liability Test Case Against Opioid Makers Allowed to Move Forward

A lawsuit seeking to hold drugmakers and distributors responsible for a nationwide opioid epidemic should be allowed to move forward, a federal magistrate said in a preliminary ruling that may increase the likelihood of a settlement. Companies including Johnson & …

President Trump Urges U.S. Suit Against Opioid Manufacturers

President Donald Trump said Thursday he wants the U.S. government to sue pharmaceutical companies that manufacture opioids as part of his efforts to halt an epidemic of drug addiction. Trump said he’d like to bring a federal lawsuit, rather than …

One Drugmaker Sues Another to Pay Damages from Opioid Marketing Lawsuits

Allergan Plc on Thursday sued Pfizer Inc. to require its rival to cover any damages it is forced to pay as a result of hundreds of lawsuits claiming Allergan deceptively marketed an opioid it acquired from a company Pfizer bought. …

The Legal Engine Driving More Than 800 Lawsuits Against Opioid Makers

The place might sound familiar, even if you’ve never been there: the Appalachian foothills, down by the Ohio River, where the sirens scream addiction and death. Twenty-six overdoses in one afternoon. The highest death rate in the state. One in …

Drug Firms Sue Illegal Web Sites for Opioid Crisis

Two pharmaceutical companies say the real culprits in the opioids epidemic are illegal dealers of the painkillers and want them to be on the hook financially for any damages potentially assessed against drugmakers. Endo International Plc and Mallinckrodt Plc sued …

Boston to Sue Drug Companies Over Opioids Epidemic

Boston is retaining a law firm to sue pharmaceutical companies for damages from the deadly opioid epidemic. Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh announced Tuesday he’s tapped Motley Rice and expects the South Carolina law firm will file litigation by the fall. …

More States File Opioid Lawsuits Against Drug Firms

Litigation against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP is intensifying as six more U.S. states on Tuesday announced lawsuits, accusing the company of fueling a national opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing its prescription painkillers to generate billions of dollars in sales. …

North Dakota Tribes Sue Opioid Industry Groups

The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and the Spirit Lake Sioux are the latest North Dakota American Indian tribes to sue opioid manufacturers and distributors. The Bismarck Tribune reports the tribes sued 24 opioid industry groups in federal court on …

Drugmakers Balk at Funding Opioid Epidemic Fix; Counting on Court Wins

Drug companies are in no rush to finance a solution to the opioid epidemic. Companies including Johnson & Johnson and McKesson Corp. are preparing to take their chances in court rather than pay billions of dollars to settle lawsuits blaming …

Judge Says Trial Over Opioids May Be Necessary

A federal judge pushing for a settlement in lawsuits by state and local governments against drug companies over their roles in the U.S. opioid epidemic said on Wednesday that trials may be needed after both sides identified barriers to reaching …