The Scale of the Opioid Epidemic Lawsuit Brings First RICO Class Action

If you were old enough in the mid-1990s, you might remember the huge class-action lawsuit against the tobacco industry. The state of Mississippi led the way in that action, which led to tobacco companies being forced to pay millions in lawsuits. Now, Mississippi is leading the way once again, and the industry they are charging after shouldn’t surprise you. The Clarion-Ledger reports on the manufacturers of opioids and the lawsuit they are facing. The opioid epidemic is killing nearly 100 Americans each day. On Thursday, November 30, Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center and two Alabama hospitals filed suit against several different makers of opioids. The claim is that the companies used deceptive tactics to market and sell the drugs. According to the 135-page lawsuit, several manufacturers, including Purdue Pharma, who makes the drug OxyContin, Johnson & Johnson, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Endo Pharmaceuticals, and others are accused of downplaying the…

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