Rite Aid settles bellwether opioid case with Ohio counties

A Rite Aid store at 1841 North Western Avenue is shown at in Los Angeles, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake

(Reuters) - Rite Aid Corp affiliates have settled claims by two Ohio counties that it contributed to the opioid addiction epidemic, just over a month before the case was set to go to trial.

The pharmacy chain operator and Lake and Trumbull counties disclosed the settlement in a motion filed Wednesday in federal court in Cleveland, Ohio, to sever Rite Aid from the case.