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U.S. judge allows public nuisance claim in opioid trial

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The U.S. judge overseeing nationwide litigation concerning the opioid epidemic on Monday rejected Purdue Pharma LP’s effort to dismiss claims that its activities caused a public nuisance.

U.S. District Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland ruled six weeks before the first scheduled federal trial over the epidemic, in a case brought by Cuyahoga and Summit counties in Ohio.

Polster also rejected efforts by Purdue, pharmacies such as Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc and drug distributors such as AmerisourceBergen Corp to exclude testimony from a Harvard Medical School economist who believes the two counties suffered as much as $223.4 million of damages from 2006 to 2018.

The decisions follow a series of rulings from Polster on Sept. 3 favoring the counties, including that they could pursue civil conspiracy claims against the defendants.

9th September 2019


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