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J&J, Teva Lose Last-Ditch Bids To Avoid Okla. Opioid Trial

Law360 (May 13, 2019, 7:36 PM EDT) -- An Oklahoma judge on Monday swatted down eleventh-hour efforts by Johnson & Johnson and Teva Pharmaceuticals to escape the state's trailblazing opioid-crisis lawsuit, clearing the way for a dramatic trial over liability for a deadly epidemic of painkiller abuse.

The three-page ruling by Judge Thad Balkman rejected motions for summary judgment from J&J and Teva without any explanation. The upshot is that no more barriers remain to stop a bench trial that's set to start on May 28, unless the drugmakers settle.

In a statement on Monday, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said that his legal team is "prepared for May...

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