At W.Va. Opioid Trial, Drug Cos. Battle 'Occam's Razor'

By Jeff Overley (May 3, 2021, 1:58 PM EDT) -- The first opioid-crisis trial in federal court started Monday, with West Virginia communities saying vast sales of narcotic painkillers are an obvious explanation for vast numbers of deaths, and drug companies describing themselves as scapegoats for the failures and crimes of others.

Opening statements took place Monday in Charleston, West Virginia, in the first opioid-crisis trial against drug companies in federal court. (Jeff Overley | Law360) West Virginia's Cabell County and its largest city, Huntington — among the opioid epidemic's hardest-hit areas — used opening statements Monday morning in Charleston to depict their landmark bellwether trial against three drug distributors in...

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