San Francisco announces $230 million settlement with Walgreens in opioid litigation

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco City Attorney announced that the City has reached a nearly $230 million settlement agreement with Walgreens following the City’s win at trial in federal court against the pharmacy chain and opioid distributor. Under the agreement, Walgreens will pay nearly $230 million over the course of 14 years, with the majority being paid in the first eight years. Andrus Anderson LLP partner, Jennie Lee Anderson, is among the attorneys representing San Francisco in the litigation. “The settlement money will greatly assist San Francisco in its effort to address the opioid crisis and provide victims of the epidemic with much needed care,” Ms. Anderson said.

San Francisco sued multiple opioid manufacturers, distributors, and dispensers, but by the end of the liability trial in 2022, all of the defendants except Walgreens had settled. San Francisco has now achieved settlements totaling more than $350 million in the litigation. The City’s issued a press release after San Francisco City Attorney David Chiu held a press conference announcing the settlement on the steps of City Hall earlier in the day.