CVS, Walgreens and Walmart Ordered to Pay $650 Million to Ohio Counties in Opioid Case

A federal judge in Ohio has ordered the companies owning CVS, Walgreens and Walmart pharmacies to pay $650 million over 15 years to two Ohio counties after a jury found them liable for contributing to the opioid epidemic.

The jury’s verdict last November, delivered after a six-week trial, came in a so-called bellwether case that attorneys elsewhere have watched closely. It was the first decision reached among lawsuits targeting pharmacy chains for their alleged role in the opioid crisis.