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Travelers denied Watson’s demand to pay for its defense in lawsuits by counties & cities seeking redress for costs related to the opioid epidemic in their communities. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Travelers Property Casualty Co. of America doesn’t have to pay to defend an opioid maker that was sued by two California counties and the city of Chicago.

In upholding a lower court ruling, California’s Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three ruled 3-0 Monday that the Hartford-based insurer does not have a duty to defend or indemnify Watson Pharmaceuticals. The ruling marks the company’s second victory in 15 months.

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