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Civil and criminal cases are multiplying as more fingers point to Big Pharma as the engine in the addiction epidemic. In this Instant Insights, we look at the resulting litigation.

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U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman speaks during a news conference on Tuesday announcing charges against Rochester Drug Co-Operative.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Federal authorities in Manhattan announced criminal charges Tuesday against the Rochester Drug Co-Operative and two of its former executives for unlawfully distributing opioids in what U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman of the Southern District of New York called a first-of-its-kind prosecution.

“Our Office will do everything in its power to combat this epidemic, from street-level dealers to the executives who illegally distribute drugs from their boardrooms,” he said in a statement.

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Colby Hamilton

B. Colby Hamilton is a litigation reporter for the New York Law Journal and Law.com.

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