A federal judge in West Virginia who heard a bench trial last year sided with three drug distributors in one of the longest decisions to date over the opioid crisis.

U.S. District Judge David Faber of the Southern District of West Virginia’s 184-page decision mirrored some of the key points in prior opioid rulings in California and Oklahoma, but he had additional reasons for ruling against the plaintiffs, including the fact that all three defendants had programs in place to monitor suspicious prescription orders.

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