Walmart Reaches $3.1B Settlement On Opioid-Addiction Liability

The Walmart logo is seen outside a Walmart store in Burbank, California on August 15, 2022. - Walmart, the largest retailer the United States, will report second quarter earnings on August 16, 2022. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Walmart has agreed to a $3.1 billion agreement with 16 states for its failure to safely and securely dispense high-strength prescription pain relievers through its 5,100-plus U.S. pharmacies.
  • The states involved in the suit were: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Tennessee and Texas.
  • In a statement, Walmart’s corporate leadership said it “believes the settlement framework is in the best interest of all parties and will provide significant aid to communities across the country in the fight against the opioid crisis” but denies allegations made in the probes and litigation that have brought the company to this point. 

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