6th Circ. Limits Opioid Claims Against Pharmacies

Law360 (April 15, 2020, 2:54 PM EDT) -- In a major development for the vast multidistrict opioid litigation, the Sixth Circuit on Wednesday said that key bellwether cases against CVS, Walgreens and other pharmacy giants can't include dispensing allegations because those claims were added too late.

The Sixth Circuit excluded retail dispensing allegations from opioid bellwether cases against CVS, Walgreens and others, meaning an upcoming trial will primarily focus on pharmacies’ actions as wholesale distributors. (AP)

The appeals court unanimously granted a writ of mandamus that pharmacy chains petitioned for in January, finding that U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster improperly allowed two Ohio counties to amend their complaints...

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