Kentucky lawsuits against opioid makers moving forward in court

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- ​​Four lawsuits against opioid makers and distributors are moving forward in court, according to Attorney General Andy Beshear.

Beshear says judges have denied motions to dismiss four of nine lawsuits in Franklin, Floyd, McCracken, and Madison Counties.

The most recent denial comes on Monday, April 1st from Judge Johnny Ray Harris in Floyd Circuit Court. According to the Attorney General, Judge Harris issued an order denying AmerisourceBergen’s motion to dismiss.

According to Beshear,  circuit judges in Franklin, Madison, and McCracken counties have also denied motions to dismiss by Endo Pharmaceuticals, Mallinckrodt and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen respectively.

There are more dismissal rulings to come, Beshear says. This is a list of upcoming rulings form his office:

McKesson Corporation’s motion is pending a ruling in Franklin Circuit Court.

  • Insys Therapeutics’ motion will be heard in Hardin Circuit Court on April 12.
  • Teva Pharmaceutical’s motion will be heard in Fayette Circuit Court on April 29.
  • Cardinal Health’s motion will be heard in Jefferson Circuit Court on May 23.
  • Walgreens, who just filed their motion in Boone Circuit Court on Monday, has asked that it be heard on June 25.

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