Distributors Cleared of Wrongdoing in First Private-Plaintiff U.S. State Court Jury Trial Over Opioid Epidemic | Law.com

Drug distributors Cardinal Health, McKesson Corporation and J.M. Smith Corporation were all cleared of their accused role in the opioid epidemic in Georgia’s Glynn County Superior Court on Wednesday, after a two-day jury deliberation.

The plaintiffs were family members of opioid abusers, and brought claims against the companies under the Georgia Drug Dealer Liability Act O.C.G.A. § 51-1-46 for the alleged reckless distribution of opioids, which they argued had a direct correlation to abuse suffered by the plaintiffs.

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