CBS Opioid Segments Didn't Defame Pharmacist, Judge Rules

Law360 (August 22, 2018, 8:32 PM EDT) -- Segments on "CBS Evening News" about the opioid crisis didn't defame a pharmacist, a West Virginia federal judge ruled Tuesday, finding that the segments' statements about painkiller prescriptions were mostly true.

The ruling from U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin granted summary judgment to CBS and axed a $15 million complaint filed last year by pharmacist Samuel R. Ballengee. In his complaint, Ballengee accused CBS of "maliciously making him the de facto face of the painkiller epidemic in West Virginia," but Judge Goodwin found no defamatory errors in the network's reporting.

A scene from an allegedly defamatory segment on "CBS Evening...

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