Judge denies Walgreens’ attempt to have case dismissed

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FRANKFORT, KY. (July 24, 2019) – Last week a judge issued an order denying Walgreens’ motion to dismiss in Boone Circuit Court, according to officials.

They say Circuit judges in Fayette, Floyd, Hardin, Madison and McCracken counties have denied motions to dismiss by Teva Pharmaceuticals, AmerisourceBergen, Insys Therapeutics, Mallinckrodt and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals respectively.

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Motions to dismiss were filed in Franklin Circuit Court by Endo Pharmaceuticals and McKesson Corporation; both were denied as well, according to the Attorney Generals Office.

“These opioid companies must stand before Kentuckians and be held accountable for what they have done to our families, friends and neighbors,” Beshear said. “Our litigation team has defeated every one of these attempts to shirk responsibility and these corporations will ultimately have to pay to help our communities recover from this opioid epidemic.”

Officials say with the nine lawsuits brought by AG Beshear, Kentucky leads the nation in the number of individual opioid lawsuits filed by an attorney general.