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Opioid Distributors Can't Escape Counties' Suit

Law360 (July 18, 2018, 8:22 PM EDT) -- The New York state judge overseeing consolidated litigation brought by counties over the opioid crisis on Tuesday refused to let drug distributors, including McKesson Corp., exit the suit, saying the counties aren’t barred from trying to recoup the costs of the epidemic.

New York Judge Jerry Garguilo rejected the drug distributors’ argument that the counties — which include Suffolk County on Long Island — are barred by the municipal cost recovery rule, which prevents local governments from recouping the cost of public services spent due to an accident or emergency. The judge said there’s nothing in case law that supports the...

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