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Lawsuits Filed on Behalf of 28 Wisconsin Counties Against Pharmaceutical Companies Over Opioid Epidemic
- Posted on January 1, 2018
From law enforcement to jails to human services, counties across Wisconsin have felt the staggering impact of opioid abuse.
On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, lawsuits were filed on behalf of 28 Wisconsin counties against pharmaceutical companies over "the aggressive and fraudulent marketing of prescription opioid painkillers that has led to this drug epidemic in the state and throughout the nation."
The lawsuits, filed by Crueger Dickinson LLC and Simmons Hanley Conroy, are one of the largest groups of cases filed in federal court against pharmaceutical manufacturers to address the opioid crisis.
The counties, which represent over 1 million Wisconsinites, seek relief in the complaint that includes compensatory and punitive damages for the millions of dollars they spend each year to combat the public nuisance created by the drug companies’ deceptive marketing campaign that misrepresents the safety and efficacy of long-term opioid use.
For additional questions, please contact WCA General Counsel Andrew T. Phillips of von Briesen & Roper, s.c. at 414.287.1570
Note: As of December 20, 2017, 59 Wisconsin counties have filed to be a part of the lawsuit.