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Judge Advances San Francisco’s Opioid Lawsuit Against Big Pharma

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) — A federal judge on Thursday advanced a bellwether lawsuit seeking to hold dozens of prescription drug makers and distributors liable for the opioid crisis and problems it has caused in San Francisco.

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer refused to dismiss claims that the companies violated state consumer protection laws by misleading doctors and consumers about harms associated with opioids and compliance with requirements to prevent prescriptions from leaking onto the black market.

However, Breyer dismissed racketeering and conspiracy claims against the pharmaceutical giants, finding their alleged misconduct was not adequately connected to harms, such as improperly discarded needles, that caused damage to city property.

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