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    2. Montana sues opioid distributors

      Montana sues opioid distributors
      Montana Attorney General Tim Fox announced a lawsuit against McKesson Corporation and Cardinal Health Inc. Montana's lawsuit claims that the companies failed to monitor and report excessive opioid shipments to Montana pharmacies, in turn worsening the opioid epidemic. The state is suing the two major distributors because they breached their legal duties under the Controlled Substances Act. Photo: Independent Record
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    3. 2nd bellwether trial set for October 2020 for Cuyahoga, Summit counties

      2nd bellwether trial set for October 2020 for Cuyahoga, Summit counties
      The second bellwether case in the MDL is set for October 2002. Cuyahoga and Summit counties from Ohio are next in line for their day in court. The trial is tentatively set for October 7, 2020 to begin jury selection with opening statements beginning October 13th, 2020. This trial is set to be the first federal trial against the pharmacies over allegations that they dispensed excessive amounts of opioids while ...
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    4. Drugstore chains sue doctors in federal opioid case

      Drugstore chains sue doctors in federal opioid case
      Many of the opioid drugmaker defendants involved in the opioid multi-district litigation have sued doctors across Ohio claiming that physicians are the true culprits in the nation's opioid crisis. Major chains such as CVS, Walgreen CO., Walmart, Rite Aid and others claim that opioid prescribers aka physicians bear the burden of responsibility for the opioid epidemic although the physicians are not set to defend themselves in trial this coming ...
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    5. Insys bankruptcy plan now court approved

      Insys bankruptcy plan now court approved
      Shareholders of Insys are set to be wiped out under their newly approved Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan, and got permission to pay dimes on the dollar to all the entities that allege they were affected by the company's contribution to the opioid epidemic. The plan was approved by Judge Kevin Gross in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware. Creditors will recieve mere cents on the dollar, and the ...
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    6. ACLU to sue for denying prisoners opioid treatments

      ACLU to sue for denying prisoners opioid treatments
      According to an ACLU rep, Ohio is among the states hardest hit by the nationwide opioid epidemic, with the incarcerated population especially at risk, where many counties fail to provide for the prisoners basic medical needs in the ongoing crisis. The ACLU conducted research and found through public records that approximately half of all Ohio jails are denying all forms of medication assisted treatment to prisoners in need. The ACLU ...
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    7. Oklahoma sues "Big Three" opioid distributors

      Oklahoma sues "Big Three" opioid distributors
      Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced Monday that he is suing the "Big Three" opioid distributors, McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Corp for their alleged role in the state opioid crisis. Hunter explained that the companies supplied 34 billion+ doses of opioids to Oklahoma and the rest of the U.S. between 2006-2012. The companies "fueled the opioid crisis by supplying...opioids to communities throughout the United States ...
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    8. DE judge ordered shareholders entitled to opioid distributors board records.

      DE judge ordered shareholders entitled to opioid distributors board records.
      A judge ruled Monday that shareholders of AmerisourceBergen have demonstrated proper purposes to conduct inspection of company records and formal board materials. The plaintiffs also will be allowed to conduct a deposition to procure other possible materials the shareholders are entitled to see. Last year, the company rejected a "books and records" demand from the plaintiffs.
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    9. Walmart, CVS and Walgreens must disclose 14 years of opioid data

      Walmart, CVS and Walgreens must disclose 14 years of opioid data
      Walmart, CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid must disclose up to 114 years of national opioid dispensing data to plaintiffs seeking billions for the pharmaceutical companies role in the opioid epidemic. Judge Polster overseeing the opioid multidistrict litigation issued a ruling disregarding defendants' arguments on why their data should be kept private. Polster explained the data was the best and most complete source of relevant information and access by plaintiffs and ...
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    10. Key local governments opt out of opioid negotiation class

      Key local governments opt out of opioid negotiation class
      While 98% of 34,000 local governments agreed to be bound by a class action against major pharmaceutical companies, 541 major counties opted out. Some of these counties were most affected by the opioid crisis. The Florida and West Virginia counties that opted out were among the hardest hit by the epidemic. The negotiation class must get a 75% approval for any settlement. Lawyers explained those towns and counties not ...
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    11. A recap of 2019's opioid litigation

      A recap of 2019's opioid litigation
      While there was much hope for a global resolution in 2019, experts say the talks simply resulted in confusion and frustration. There were discussions of a global negotiation led by Judge Polster in Ohio's MDL while state attorneys pushed a separate deal. Although the first bellwether trial in the MDL resulted in settlement, there is still no definitive admission, and attorney for plaintiffs Mark Lanier has stated that the ...
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    12. Opioid litigation still big issue in 2020 for investors

      Opioid litigation still big issue in 2020 for investors
      The opioid epidemic has spun one of the most complex webs of litigation in American history. The litigation affected stock across the entire pharmaceutical supply chain, from manufacturers, distributors and retailers. Stocks of opioid defendants took an impactful hit. Companies like Teva Pharmaceutical Industries shares were down 57% from January to the end of August.
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