Walmart Loses Bid To Short-Circuit Feds' Opioid Suit

By Hailey Konnath (February 5, 2021, 12:34 AM EST) -- A Texas federal judge on Thursday axed Walmart Inc.'s lawsuit seeking a declaration that its prescription opioid sales are lawful, ruling that the retail giant hadn't identified a Justice Department action that has adversely affected it and therefore can't preemptively sue the government.

Walmart lodged its suit in October, slamming the U.S. Department of Justice for threatening legal action over "unwritten expectations" and asking the court to confirm that its practices conform with the Controlled Substances Act. The retailer unleashed fresh allegations of dodgy behavior by DOJ attorneys investigating its opioid sales last month, accusing government lawyers of making "disingenuous" statements before ultimately...

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