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.

Costs related to opioid epidemic

California's Santa Clara and Orange counties, as well as the city of Chicago, have sued several pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors, including Watson, seeking redress for costs related to the opioid epidemic in their communities. Travelers denied Watson's demand to pay for its defense and brought a lawsuit against the company.

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Robert Storace

Robert Storace covers legal trends, lawsuits and analysis for the Connecticut Law Tribune. Follow him on Twitter @RobertSCTLaw or reach him at 203-437-5950.