City of Memphis Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers

The city of Memphis is suing 21 opioid manufacturers and distributors in a federal lawsuit claiming “opioid addiction is ravaging Memphis," The Daily Memphian reports. The lawsuit, filed last week, alleges the list of corporations, led by Purdue Pharma LP, “manufactured, promoted and marketed opioids for the management of other forms of pain by misleading consumers and medical providers through misrepresentations or omissions regarding the appropriate uses, risks and safety of opioids. The city is seeking to recover “economic losses – direct, incidental or consequential pecuniary losses – resulting from defendants’ civil conspiracy” and the establishment of an “abatement fund” to be funded by the corporations.
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