The lawsuit lays out, in stark detail, how Purdue violated the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act by making numerous unlawful marketing claims about its narcotics, including misleading claims about the safety of the drugs and their benefits to consumers.
Laxalt spokeswoman Monica Moazez says similar lawsuits were expected in Florida, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.
The attorney general plans to hold Purdue accountable for the alleged crimes.
"According to the National Institute of Health 1,375 Texans died of an opioid-related overdose in 2016 alone", said Paxton.
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Connecticut-based Purdue denied the claims in an email statement that said it will defend itself.
"We are disappointed that after months of good faith negotiations working toward a meaningful resolution to help the State of Texas address the opioid crisis, the attorney general has unilaterally made a decision to pursue a costly and protracted litigation process". They joined more than 20 other states that have sued companies including Purdue, Johnson & Johnson (jnj) and McKesson Corp.
" Violating the 2007 judgment by not taking steps to stop sales promotion to prescribers whose practices showed "unambiguous, credible signs of abuse or diversion". Purdue says it's confidential, but the state has asked a judge to release the information.
Purdue Pharma is the same company Shelby County Commissioners are going after.
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The suit against Purdue Pharma follows a lengthy investigation by the Tennessee attorney general into several drug companies and distributors. He later withdrew the motions, allowing the district attorneys to continue handling the cases. "We will never stop negotiating", she said at a press conference Tuesday.
Staubus said Tuesday that he's pleased Slatery filed the lawsuit.
"We lack the resources that we need to treat this problem", said Stenehjem. "I think their lawsuit complements ours; it's not in competition".
Stenehjem says depending on how the settlement progresses goes, the state could amend its complaint to add other manufactures or bring separate suits.
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They allege the pharmaceutical company and opioid manufacturer played a leading role in the opioid epidemic in the Mid-South.