As Opioid Trial Ends, Judge Jokes About ‘Generous’ Timelines

By Bonnie Eslinger (June 27, 2022, 10:23 p.m. EDT) — A San Francisco federal judge who has imposed strict deadlines on a bench trial in a multidistrict opioid litigation noted Monday that both sides concluded their cases in the 45 hours allocated to them. , prompting him to wonder to laughter from the courtroom if he “was just too generous.”

Senior U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer’s comment came late in the day’s proceedings in a trial that began April 25. The lawsuit filed by San Francisco claims drugmakers Teva and Allergan, distributor Anda and drugstore giant Walgreens illegally fueled the city’s opioid crisis.

A few days before the trial…

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