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Opioid Crisis: The lawsuits that could bankrupt manufacturers and distributors
60 Minutes / CBS News

Last month, the first of an avalanche of lawsuits filed against the manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers went to trial. The state of Oklahoma is trying to convince a judge that drugmaker Johnson and Johnson is legally responsible for the epidemic of addiction and death caused by opioids.  

Oklahoma is not alone. There is a national movement by state and local governments to go after opioid manufacturers. At its center is attorney Mike Moore.  

Moore says he’s “just a country lawyer from Mississippi.” But he has engineered two of the most lucrative legal settlements in American history; the 1998 case in which Big Tobacco paid billions to address smoking-related health issues, and the 2015 settlement with oil giant BP over its huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.