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    1. Idaho Sues Purdue Pharma

      Idaho Sues Purdue Pharma

      Idaho sued Purdue Pharma for their alleged role in creating one of the deadliest marketing campaigns in history. 

      Attorney General Lawrence Wasden named Purdue and eight members of the Sackler Family in the lawsuit. 

      The statistics show from 1999-2017 the opioid death rates tripled.

      Over a million prescriptions were written in just one year. 

      Wasden's suit claims that Purdue aggressively marketed their opioid products to change the perception of the drug by downplaying the risks, and encouraging more use than was appropriate. 

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    2. Hawaii Sues as Opioid Crisis Develops

      Hawaii Sues as Opioid Crisis Develops

      The State of Hawaii has taken notice as the opioid crisis develops at alarming rates. 

      In the state, 1 in 5 deaths among youths are opioid related and overdose deaths exceed motor vehicle accident deaths. 

      The state is a high-intensity drug trafficking area due to its isolation and tourism, and with this, officials expect the opioid epidemic to develop quickly. 

      Doctors in Hawaii claim that in the midst of the opioid crisis, there are disparities within geographic and ethnic identity. 

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    3. Hawaii Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Drugmakers

      Hawaii Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Drugmakers

      Hawaii Attorney General Clare Connors has filed lawsuits against opioid drugmakers for violations of the state's Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices Law.

      Complaints allege not only that drugmakers deceptively marketed their products, but that they also sold more opioids than could be legitimately prescribed. 

      Hawaii is seeking punitive damages. 

      Connors has stated that in the midst of this national tragedy, she seeks to hold those responsible accountable. 

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    4. Georgia Attorney General Carr Seeks Justice Amid Opioid Crisis

      Georgia Attorney General Carr Seeks Justice Amid Opioid Crisis

      Attorney General Chris Carr claims that the opioid epidemic has swept the state, and no Georgia community is stranger to its' devastating effects.

      Carr explained that the opioid crisis did not occur by coincidence, but was fueled by unlawful actions of the defendant drugmakers. 

      The complaint filed by the state claims that drugmakers paid key opinion leaders in the medical community to promote their pills while appearing unbiased.

      Carr announced that the state will utilize every available resource to fight the opioid crisis, and seek justice for the citizens of Georgia. 

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    5. Georgia Sues Opioid Drugmakers

      Georgia Sues Opioid Drugmakers

      Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr has filed a lawsuit blaming drug companies of swamping the state with opioids and profiting from the multitude of overdose deaths.

      Carr said the manufacturers and distributors of opioids fueled the opioid crisis. 

      Carr explained that the lawsuit seeks to recover funds for the cost of the public treatment opioid addiction victims, and to prohibit further aggressive marketing and importing excessive supplies of the drugs. 

      The lawsuit is based on the facts that the pharmaceutical companies actions were willful and egregious, turning a blind eye to the crisis they were creating as long as they were making a profit. 

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    6. Florida Gears Up For Statewide Opioid Litigation

      Florida Gears Up For Statewide Opioid Litigation

      Attorney General Ashley Moody has appeared in the first hearing in the trial against opioid manufacturers and distributors. 

      Moody claimed the state will utilize all resources for an expeditious trial.

      Moody stated that the state hopes to begin the trials by May of 2020.

      The hearings are based in Pasco County, one of the hardest hit counties in the opioid crisis. 

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    7. Florida Suing Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

      Florida Suing Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

      Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is preparing for a legal battle against opioid drugmakers.

      Senators have described the toll the opioid epidemic has had on the state, from clogged courthouses, to the economic impact on programs like Medicaid.

      Some of the reasons for suing distributors and retailers are for reckless distribution, and overselling painkillers while failing to take proper precautions to stop illegal sales. 

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    8. Delaware Suing Walgreens

      Delaware Suing Walgreens

      Delaware is suing Walgreens as both a distributor and a retailer for its role in creating the opioid epidemic.

      The lawsuit claims Walgreens did not do its duty to use due diligence to avoid filling orders for prescription opioids that could be diverted into illicit markets. 

      The claims are based on negligence and consumer fraud. 

      The inclusion of pharmacies in the lawsuit makes it one of the only suits in the nation to include every level of opioid drugmakers involved in the chain of liability.

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    9. Delaware Sues Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

      Delaware Sues Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

      Attorney General Matt Denn filed a lawsuit targeting opioid drugmakers Purdue Pharma and Endo International PLC.

      The complaint alleges the companies engaged in a massive marketing campaign concealing the risks of opioids.

      Other defendants are Teva and Anda.

      According to Denn, the corporate defendants failure to meet their legal obligations has had a devastating impact on the state. 

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    10. Connecticut Alleges Fraud in Amended Complaint

      Connecticut Alleges Fraud in Amended Complaint

      The State of Connecticut has amended their complaint for the statewide opioid litigation. 

      The new complaint alleges that Purdue transferred hundreds of millions from Purdue companies to Sackler family members. 

      Attorney General William Tong says he will not allow Purdue Pharma to "cry poverty" after illegally transferring all that money.

      Tong said, “We are seeking a court order to claw back funds and block any further attempt to line the Sacklers’ pockets with money that should be used to correct the crisis they created.”

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    11. State Lawsuit Reveals Sackler Emails

      State Lawsuit Reveals Sackler Emails

      Connecticut's latest complaint reveals emails from former CEO and President Richard Sackler. 

      The emails by Sackler call opioid addicts "victimizers", and although they date back to 2001, the state claims they remain relevant in the midst of the opioid crisis.

      While seven other family members are named in the lawsuit, Richard Sackler remains the most prominent with allegations that he orchestrated Purdue's deceptive marketing practices. 

      The other family members are Beverly Sackler, David Sackler, Ilene Sackler Lefcourt, Jonathan Sackler, Kathe Sackler, Mortimer D.A. Sackler and Theresa Sackler.

      The states' attorney general, William Tong, claimed the emails were not a momentary lapse in judgment but "depraved indifference to human suffering that infected Purdue's entire business model."

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    12. Denver Leads Statewide Opioid Litigation

      Denver Leads Statewide Opioid Litigation

      More than 10,000 Colorado residents died from opioid overdose between 2000 and 2015.

      A lawsuit filed by The City of Denver claims that rates of overdose death tripled during that period. 

      Denver's city officials claim the opioid epidemic have affected nearly every public entity in Denver.

      Although defendants like Purdue Pharma vigorously deny allegations, Kristin Bronson, Denver's city attorney claims the drugmakers are liable as a result of their misleading and aggressive marketing tactics. 

       

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    13. Colorado Suing Purdue Pharma for Deceptive Marketing Practices

      Colorado Suing Purdue Pharma for Deceptive Marketing Practices

      Colorado has filed a lawsuit against opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma. 

      The state alleges that the drugmakers fanned the opioid crisis through aggressive and deceptive marketing campaigns making the drug seem more effective and less addictive.

      Attorney General Phil Weiser asks that the court accept that there is a direct link between Purdue's conduct and all of the harm that opioids have caused the state. 

      Weiser suggested he will not stop suing those liable for this crisis, and the state is investigating other potential lawsuits.

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    14. Arkansas Sues Purdue Pharma

      Arkansas Sues Purdue Pharma

      Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed a lawsuit against 3 opioid manufacturers: Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson, and Endo Pharmaceuticals. 

      The lawsuit claims these companies overplayed the benefits of the drug and misled doctors of the risks of opioids to change negative public views. 

      These falsehoods includes the millions of dollars the companies spent on marketing materials. 

      This allowed the drugmakers to profit to the tune of around 11 billion in just one year. 

      Rutledge claims that this increased demand was the planned manipulation of the drugmakers. 

       

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    15. Arkansas Sues Opioid Distributors

      Arkansas Sues Opioid Distributors

      Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed a lawsuit against major opioid distributors including Cardinal Health, McKesson Corp., and AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp.

      This lawsuit follows another lawsuit by Arkansas, suing Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson, and Endo. 

      The lawsuit claims that the distributors violated Arkansas's Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

      The state claims that the opioid distributors used data to find patterns of improper distribution to evaluate sales.

      Rutledge claims pharmacies and doctors, the last two links on the chain of liability could be the next to be sued, and is not ruling them out just yet.

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    16. Why Arizona Declared State of Emergency Over Opioid Crisis

      Why Arizona Declared State of Emergency Over Opioid Crisis

      In 2017 Arizona Governor Ducey declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. 

      This may have been due to the fact that the rate of opioid overdose deaths increased by 74% in 4 years from 2012-2016.

      The statistics are staggering.

      Since this time, Arizona implemented the Opioid Action Plan and Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act, which proved effective. 

      The official public health emergency ended in 2018, but the opioid epidemic remains and citizens are still battling the crisis. 

       

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    17. Arizona Sues Purdue Pharma

      Arizona Sues Purdue Pharma

      Attorney General Mark Brnovich has filed suit against Purdue Pharma for disobeying a court order banning deceptive marketing. 

      While different entities like the City of Phoenix, and Navajo Nation have joined the multi-district litigation (MDL), the state attorneys decided it was best to sue Purdue individually like many other states have decided as well.

      An attorney for Cochise County said crime has increased in Arizona as a result of the opioid epidemic.

      Many other cities and counties have unanimously voted to join the opioid litigation as well.

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    18. Alaska Suing More Manufacturers and Distributors

      Alaska Suing More Manufacturers and Distributors

      Alaska's Department of Law is suing another opioid manufacturer, Mallinckrodt.

      This is yet another opioid drugmaker to add to the long list of complaints filed by Alaska's state attorneys. 

      Alaska has filed against manufacturer Purdue Pharma in 2017, opioid distributors McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen in 2018, and now, opioid manufacturer Mallinckrodt in 2019. 

      The state claims that the companies utilized deceptive marketing to extend reach and therefore profit.

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    19. Alaskan Native Tribes Join Opioid Litigation

      Alaskan Native Tribes Join Opioid Litigation

      Alaskan Tribes and health organizations are joining the national opioid litigation. 

      The federal lawsuit is targeting the opioid drugmakers who created the opioid epidemic. 

      Alaskan Natives and Native Americans have more overdose deaths than the rest of the U.S. population. 

      Almost 450 tribes, all across the United States have signed petitions and briefs in support of those suing in  the federal lawsuit. 

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    20. Alaska Sues Purdue Pharma

      Alaska Sues Purdue Pharma

      Alaska sues Purdue Pharma in midst of opioid crisis. 

      The state claims that Purdue and other opioid manufacturers and distributors used deceptive marketing strategies to underplay the risks of opioids. This in turn lead to overprescribing and creating the opioid epidemic in Alaska. 

      The state also claims that the drugmaker violated Consumer Protection Law. 

      Alaska claims they are singling out Purdue because they have the largest market share by far regarding opioid prescriptions.

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    21. Alabama Sues Purdue Pharma

      Alabama Sues Purdue Pharma

      Alabama filed suit against Purdue Pharma claiming the company is fueling the opioid epidemic by deceptive marketing

      According to Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, the state leads the nation in number of painkiller prescriptions per capita.

      Marshall also said because of the opioid epidemic the average lifespan has decreased nationwide. He also mentioned that the subject hits home, where over 30,000 Alabama citizens are addicted to opioids. 

      Evidence shows that over a span of  years, the opioid overdose death rate increased by 82%.

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    22. Multi-District Litigation: Negotiation Discussions

      Multi-District Litigation: Negotiation Discussions

      There have no been over 1,800 lawsuits brought by Plaintiffs in the MDL. 

      Lawyers for Plaintiffs have filed a motion to certify a class of local governments in preparation for global settlement. 

      The motion excludes states, but sets up a procedure for almost 25,000 local counties and cities to resolve their claims.

      Some of the lead lawyers have called the process unifying all the soldiers with the same goal in mind. They claim individual "soldiers" would not have as great of a chance of success. 

      MDL attorneys claim this will allow entities to be taken more seriously regarding negotiations and settlements. 

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    23. Early Stages of the Bellwether Cases: MDL Cases Advance

      Early Stages of the Bellwether Cases: MDL Cases Advance

      In the early stages of the Bellwether cases, experts are already predicting damages. 

      Experts claim that Purdue Pharma and other companies that sparked the opioid crisis will likely owe over $480 billion to Plaintiffs. 

      Defendants deny they caused the opioid crisis instead blaming Mexican and Chinese cartels, and call the claims baseless.

      Judge Polster wishes for these cases to settle and has set litigation and settlement tracks. 

      He has stated firmly he will not push back the trial date that is set for October. 

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