New York State Attorney General Letitia James is repeating the state’s commitment to holding the makers of opioids accountable for their role in the addiction crisis as manufacturers and distributors were denied an effort to push back an upcoming trial.

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James says the trial on claims brought against the pharma-companies is set to begin March 20.

New York filed a lawsuit against several manufacturers and distributors of opioids lastt March.  The defendants include Purdue Pharma and its affiliates, the Sackler Family, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and its affiliates, including parent: Johnson & Johnson and others along with distributors like Amerisource, Bergen Drug and Rochester Drug Cooperative Inc.

While the March 20th trial covers a several different companies, the case against Purdue and the Sacklers is moving separately through U.S. Bankruptcy Court.