Opioid pharmacy trial verdict in Cleveland could impact similar cases nationwide

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A case that was being watched closely ended in Cleveland last week with a federal jury finding three national pharmacy chains liable for helping to drive the opioid addiction and overdose crisis in the United States.

Lawyers for Lake and Trumbull counties sued the three chains: CVS, Walgreens and Walmart under public nuisance law.  Under such laws, those deemed responsible are required to pay to help mitigate the damages.

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