Big pharma ordered to face cities’ opioid-conspiracy claims

A FEDERAL JUDGE has decided makers and distributors of opioid painkillers must face lawsuits claiming they banded together to wrongfully push sales of the addictive pills ahead of the first federal trial on the matter expected to take place next month. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DHIRAJ SINGH
A FEDERAL JUDGE has decided makers and distributors of opioid painkillers must face lawsuits claiming they banded together to wrongfully push sales of the addictive pills ahead of the first federal trial on the matter expected to take place next month. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DHIRAJ SINGH
WILMINGTON, Del.  – Johnson & Johnson, Cardinal Health Inc. and other makers and distributors of opioid painkillers must face lawsuits claiming they banded together to wrongfully push sales of the addictive pills, a judge ruled as the first federal trial over the medicines looms next month. U.S. District Judge Dan Polster ruled Tuesday that juries…

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