A U.S. District Court Judge is allowing a massive lawsuit against the country’s biggest drug makers and distributors to move forward. Hundreds of cities and towns across the United States now have the opportunity to prove that companies like Purdue Pharma, Walmart, and Rite Aid contributed to the addictions of millions of American citizens. Calling the opioid epidemic a “man-made plague,” Judge Dan A. Polster acknowledged that many cities have suffered financial losses due to the forced increase of government services like foster care and police activity in response to addiction in their communities. This case against drug makers and distributors is expected to go to trial next fall. If the communities named in the case are victorious, the cost to drug companies will likely be in the tens of billions.