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Closely Watched Opioid Trial in New York Postponed Due to Coronavirus

A highly anticipated trial pitting New York state against McKesson Corp (MCK.N), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N), CVS Health Corp (CVS.N) and others for allegedly fueling the opioid epidemic has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to the court.

The postponement of the March 20 jury trial was a precautionary measure due to the number of people traveling to attend, according to a spokesman for New York Attorney General Letitia James. 

A new trial was not set but a hearing will be held April 14 to decide next steps in the case, which is in state court in Suffolk County on New York’s Long Island. 

The case is the first against a wide range of companies — drug makers, distributors and pharmacy chains — and was brought by the state of New York and the suburban New York City counties of Suffolk and Nassau. 

Analysts have been watching to see if the companies would settle before the trial, which could provide a framework for a deal to resolve thousands of lawsuits against the companies.

Read the source article at reuters.com

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