Opioid Distributors Headed To 2nd W.Va. Nuisance Trial

By Emily Field and Cara Salvatore (June 30, 2022, 10:49 PM EDT) — The “Big Three” drug distributors are set for another West Virginia trial starting Tuesday over claims they poured opioids into a state hard hit by the addiction crisis , setting up another high-stakes test of the “public nuisance” theory at the heart of similar cases nationwide.

Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen and McKesson will face off against a group of West Virginia cities and counties in a bench trial overseen by Judge Derek Swope of the state’s mass litigation panel.

The proceeding essentially will be Judge Swope’s second opioid trial in a row after one against drugmakers earlier this year, which ended in a…

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