Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is taking the state’s fight against the opioid epidemic through the court system.
On Wednesday, Hawley filed a lawsuit in St. Louis Circuit Court against three pharmaceutical companies, alleging that the companies fraudulently and deliberately misrepresented the addictive risks of opioids. Named in the suit are Purdue Pharmaceuticals, Endo Health Solutions, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals.
“Our state faces an urgent public-health crisis brought on by fraud. These companies have profited from the suffering of Missourians,” Hawley said. “They used bogus front organizations and fake research. They used fraudulent advertising and deceptive trade practices, and they have repeatedly lied about the risks and true nature of the drugs they have sold.”
Hawley said the lawsuit seeks one of the largest judgments in the state’s history, with “hundreds of millions of dollars in damages and hundreds of millions more in civil penalties.”
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