North Carolina AG Joins Other States In Suing Opioid Manufacturer

Texas, 5 other states sue Purdue Pharma, alleging deception that led to opioid overdose deaths

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Attorney General Ken Paxton is leading Texas into a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma for exacerbating the opioid crisis among Texans. The suit also claims Purdue violated the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act and its 2007 settlement with Tennessee. Each day, 115 Americans die of opioid overdoses.

"As detailed in the complaint I filed today, Purdue Pharma repeatedly deceived prescribers and patients in its pursuit of profits, and far too many North Carolinians lost their loved ones as a results", Stein said in a statement.

In a statement, Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma denied the claims and said the company will defend itself.

Laxalt's lawsuit seeks civil penalties and damages for reimbursement and treatment, and seeks to cease Purdue's unlawful promotion of opioids on behalf of the State as a whole and the municipalities and counties.

Starting a year ago, Attorney General Paxton and a bipartisan group of 40 other state attorneys general have been conducting an investigation into whether companies that manufacture and distribute prescription opioids engaged in unlawful practices.

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Stenehjem estimates Purdue has raked in almost 35 billion dollars from opioids over the years that have taken thousands of lives, numbers he calls unconscionable.

The companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the lawsuit. Purdue Pharma alone faces more than a dozen lawsuits by states including Texas.

Separate litigation involving at least 433 lawsuits by US cities and counties has been consolidated in a federal court in Cleveland, Ohio.

"It's time the defendants pay for the pain and the destruction they've caused", Florida State Attorney General Pam Bondi said Tuesday. "They're really on a parallel course".

Slatery leads a multistate group of attorneys general who are investigating manufacturers and distributors and, while not a party, is voluntarily engaging in settlement discussions in connection with the federal opioid multidistrict litigation pending in Cleveland, Ohio, according to the release. Dickenson County and Alexandria, Virginia, filed state lawsuits in March.

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