A federal judge has ruled in favor of three major U.S. drug distributors in a landmark lawsuit filed in West Virginia.

Judge David Faber issued the ruling Monday nearly a year after closing arguments were held in a bench trial in a lawsuit filed by Cabell County and the city of Huntington.

The suit accused AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson of causing a health crisis by distributing 81 million pills over eight years in a county ravaged by opioid addiction.

Faber says that while the opioid crisis has taken a considerable toll, such cases should be decided on the facts and the l