WSJ News Exclusive | Walmart Files Pre-Emptive Lawsuit Against Federal Government in Opioid Case

WSJ News Exclusive | Walmart Files Pre-Emptive Lawsuit Against Federal Government in Opioid Case
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sued the federal government in an attempt to strike a pre-emptive blow against what it said is an impending opioid-related civil lawsuit from the Justice Department.

The retail giant said in a lawsuit filed Thursday that the Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Administration are seeking to scapegoat the company for the federal government’s own regulatory and enforcement shortcomings in combating the opioid crisis. Walmart said the government is seeking steep financial penalties against the retailer for allegedly contributing to the opioid crisis by filling questionable prescriptions.

The suit names the department and Attorney General William Barr as defendants, as well as the DEA and its acting administrator,…



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