A federal judge ruled that "CBS Evening News" segments covering the opioid crisis didn't defame pharmacist, Samuel R. Ballengee, because the claims made about painkiller prescriptions were found to be mostly true.

Ballengee's main complaint towards CBS was that the media outlet stated that he had filled "150 pain prescriptions" daily for patients from one clinic. The pharmacist asserted that here was no evidence that he filled that many painkiller prescriptions from a single clinic. However, the judge cited records that conflicted with Ballengee's assertions.

Ballard Spahr attorneys Michael D. Sullivan, Jay Ward Brown, and Maxwell S. Mishkin represented CBS in this case.

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