Drugmakers Not Liable For Calif. Opioid Crisis, Judge Finds

By Jeff Overley (November 1, 2021, 9:39 PM EDT) -- California communities failed during a landmark trial this year to show that four major drugmakers are liable for an epidemic of opioid abuse, a Golden State judge wrote in an opinion released late Monday.

A California judge found Monday that four major drugmakers weren't liable for the opioid crisis in the state. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) In a tentative decision after a monthslong trial, Orange County Superior Court Judge Peter J. Wilson rejected allegations that divisions of Johnson & Johnson, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceuticals and Allergan PLC created a "public nuisance" in the form of the opioid crisis.

"The court finds that plaintiffs...

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