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Law360: Del. High Court Relieves Chubb Of Defending Opioid Suits

January 10, 2022

The Delaware Supreme Court ruled that there is no requirement for three Chubb units to defend Rite Aid in lawsuits brought by Ohio counties accusing the pharmacy of fueling an opioid epidemic. The 4-1 majority found that the Ohio counties were pursuing recovery of economic losses opposed to personal injuries suffered from the epidemic, and determined that there was no connection between the counties' claims and personal damages. “The counties assert a number of claims and number of elements of damages, but using the Summit complaint as an example, I would find that the claims asserted against Rite Aid include claims for damages because of personal injury from opioid addiction,” Justice James T. Vaughn Jr. wrote. Chubb is represented by Jonathan D. Hacker of O’Melveny & Myers LLP. 

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