The American Lawyer Litigation Daily named Williams & Connolly’s Cardinal Health team “Litigators of the Week,” recognizing the team’s victory in obtaining a complete defense verdict after a landmark 3-month-long, 70-witness opioid bench trial in West Virginia—one of the most closely-watched litigation matters over the past year. On July 4, 2022, the West Virginia federal district court issued a nearly 200-page opinion in favor of the distributors, rejecting the plaintiffs’ contention that the distributors’ actions constituted a public nuisance, and affirming that “there is nothing unreasonable about distributing controlled substances to fulfill legally written prescriptions.” As lead counsel Enu Mainigi explained to the publication, “Judge Faber’s decision shows that there is no merit to these claims against our clients – both as a matter of law and as a matter of fact. Judge Faber’s opinion provides other courts with a persuasive rationale for holding that nuisance law does not embrace claims against distributors of lawful medications and that huge sums of money derived from lawsuits that have no basis in law or fact to address broad societal problems are not proper ‘abatement.’”
The trial team also included firm attorneys Jennifer Wicht, Lane Heard, Ashley Hardin, Suzanne Salgado, Isia Jasiewicz, Joseph Bushur, Will Hawkins, Josh Tully, Steven Pyser, Neelum Wadhwani, Carl Metz, and Danielle Sochaczevski; firm alumni Mindy Johnson, and Brad Masters; and firm paralegals Rahel Bahibla, Sally Evans and Liz Murphy.
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