Florida and Texas Are Among Latest States to Sue Opioid Painkiller Companies

Leslie Hanson
May 16, 2018

Florida, Texas and four other states became the latest to file lawsuits against Purdue Pharma LP and other opioid painkiller makers, alleging they fueled an addiction crisis by misrepresenting the risks of their drugs.

The suit alleges Purdue violated the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act, violated its 2007 settlement with the state, and created a statewide public nuisance by interfering with the health of Tennesseans and the commercial marketplace.

US state attorneys general of Nevada, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, North Dakota and Tennessee also said Purdue Pharma violated state consumer protection laws by falsely denying or downplaying the addiction risk while overstating the benefits of opioids.

In a statement, Slatery said: "Our office has conducted an extensive investigation into Purdue's highly aggressive marketing practices and other unlawful conduct. We believe Purdue's conducted has been unconscionable, and we intend to hold the company accountable".

"We are disappointed that after months of good faith negotiations working toward a meaningful resolution to help the state of Tennessee address the opioid crisis, the attorney general has unilaterally made a decision to pursue a costly and protracted litigation process". Stenehjem also says the company promoted the drugs through a "pervasive and deceptive marketing campaign".

The order was filed under a 10-day temporary steal unless Purdue makes a motion to extend it.

Laxalt says while Nevada has only filed against Purdue, it is continuing to investigate other opioid manufacturers and distributors with the larger opioids multistate group.

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