Illinois Expands State Opioid Lawsuit

Illinois Attorney General Raoul expanded the state lawsuit Monday to include members of the Sackler family. 

Raoul claims that the Sackler Family were behind much of Purdue’s marketing efforts and funneled billions of dollars into their personal accounts. He is asking the court to force them to give up revenue to pay for their conduct.

Purdue could soon be filling for bankruptcy protection from the filings as almost every state in the nation has them as defendants in their own opioid lawsuits.

In the new motion, Raoul asks the court to prohibit the Purdue and Sackler’s conduct to prevent the same events from occurring in the future.

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Judge denies J&J motion to end opioid trial

An ongoing lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for its part in the opioid crisis will continue after the company’s effort to have the case dismissed was denied Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman. He denied a motion to toss the lawsuit, which accuses Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries of creating a public nuisance and costing the state of Oklahoma billions of dollars.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter told the court during proceedings that 4,653 Oklahomans died of unintentional overdoses involving prescription opioids from 2007 to 2017, and that there were more than 28,000 admissions for opioid and heroin treatment through state services from 2012 to 2018.

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