AG Hawley: Major Victory in Opioid Lawsuit, Will Move Forward

Apr 25, 2018, 15:03 PM
Apr 25, 2018, 15:02 PM

Jefferson City, Mo.  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley won a major court victory in the fight to hold opioid manufacturers responsible. The St. Louis Circuit Court today rejected the opioid manufacturers' attempts to halt the case and ordered the lawsuit to proceed. In June 2017, the Attorney General’s Office filed a lawsuit against three of the nation’s largest opioid manufacturers—Purdue Pharma, Endo Health, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals—contending that the companies fraudulently misrepresented the serious risks posed by the drugs they manufacture and sell.  

Today’s ruling denied the manufacturers' request to stay the lawsuit indefinitely. The Court also rejected the manufacturers’ motion to dismiss eight of the nine counts brought by the State. In addition, the ruling allows the Attorney General’s Office to seek punitive damages from the manufacturers. 

“This ruling is a major victory in our fight to hold opioid manufacturers responsible for the misrepresentations they’ve made about their drugs,” Hawley said. “Missouri faces a public-health crisis because of this fraud—today’s win pushes us further forward in holding these manufacturers liable for the damage they have caused.”