The State of Missouri filed a lawsuit against several opioid manufacturers on June 21, 2017 under the direction of Attorney General Josh Hawley. Mr. Hawley stated, “Missouri faces an urgent public-health crisis. Each year, hundreds of Missourians die from opioid overdoses, while tens of thousands more are hospitalized or require emergency treatment. Opioid addiction and abuse have destroyed the lives of countless Missourians and ravaged communities across the State.” The state’s lawsuit alleges that opioid producers have used fraudulent methods including misleading studies and false science to market opioids to doctors and consumers within the state. Hawley’s lawsuit seeks a jury trial for hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. If successful, the award could be one of the largest in state history. The Missouri lawsuit was brought in a similar form to suits filed in Ohio, Mississippi, Ohio, and West Virginia, and several counties across the state including in California, Washington, Illinois, and New York.
It is clear that states and counties across the nation are concerned with the opioid epidemic. Governments across the United States are seeking to protect their citizens from major drug companies who have been lying to doctors and patients.
We at Burger Law are also working to fight for patients and their families who have been hurt by large pharmaceutical companies, through their deceptive sale of prescription opioids. If you or a loved one have suffered from opioid addiction contact our office and let us fight for you and your family.