[Pharmwaste] Opioid lawsuits # >400; DOJ requests to be "friend of the court"
EGottlieb at cityofithaca.org
Wed Apr 4 08:40:02 EDT 2018
>From STAT: Morning Rounds newsletter
Two more tribes sue opioid makers
The latest groups to file a lawsuit against opioid makers: The Muscogee (Creek) Nation and the Northern Arapaho Indian Tribe of the Wind River Reservation. The tribes, which each filed a lawsuit this week, say the crisis has harmed the health of their members and has led to soaring costs to the tribal governments, including high costs to care for the kids of parents addicted to opioids.
The Northern Arapaho tribe also says it plans to join the national litigation against opioid manufacturers that’s pending in an Ohio court, which envelops hundreds of such lawsuits. Also planning to participate: The U.S. Department of Justice. The government requested <https://statnews.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f8609630ae206654824f897b6&id=aa8a0a58a2&e=61b58803fc> to join the talks as a “friend of the court” earlier this week.
CLEVELAND — The U.S. Department of Justice wants to join settlement talks in federal court involving hundreds of lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers.
The government says it can provide information and expertise to parties in the case and facilitate requests to government agencies including the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Food and Drug Administration.
The government made a request to join as a “friend of the court” in a filing before U.S. District Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland on Monday.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the government is determined to see justice done and the nation’s “unprecedented drug crisis” ended.
More than 400 cities and counties across the country have sued drug makers and distributors for costs associated with the addiction crisis.
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