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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Opioid lawsuit
A proposed multi-billion dollar settlement and bankruptcy filing by Purdue Pharma in the national opioid multi-district litigation (MDL) is having multiple effects on what is known as the I-75 Corridor opioid lawsuit including the settlement of complaints brought against the pharmaceutical giant by local cities and counties. A lawsuit filed in September 2017, includes the Fiurth Judicial District, and names a number of pharmaceutical firms as defendants. The opioid lawsuit is one of three filed in Tennessee by district attorneys general against defendants who have contributed to the state's opioid crisis. In all, 14 district attorneys general representing 47 counties, have joined forces to challenge pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors for their roles in the opioid epidemic. Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery also has filed suit against several opioid manufacturers. He announced Monday that Purdue Pharma has filed for bankruptcyand is part of a settlement to lawsuits involoving 29 attorneys general, repesenting 2,000 counties across the country. While several states have not signed on to the agreement, saying the owners of the firm, the Sackler family should be forced to surrender all of their profits, Slattery says he supports the negotiated settlement. The I-75 Corridor suit will go to trial in the near future.

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