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Kaul files lawsuit over prescription opioids

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul is one of five state AGs who filed new lawsuits Thursday against the maker of Oxycontin.

Kaul is suing Purdue Pharma LP, Purdue Pharma Inc. and Richard S. Sackler, former purdue co-chairman and president, in Dane County Circuit Court, alleging that they made false and deceptive claims regarding opioids, including OxyContin. Plaintiffs contend those false statements contributed to the state’s opioid epidemic.

He’s seeking a permanent injunction, abatement of the public nuisance and civil penalties.

“The opioid epidemic has shattered lives and strained communities across the state and the country,” Kaul said in a statement. “Today, we filed suit against Purdue Pharma L.P., Purdue Pharma Inc., and Richard Sackler, alleging that they misled the public and medical professionals about both the benefits of and the dangers posed by OxyContin and other opioids, and that the opioid epidemic is partly attributable to their conduct.”

Kaul was one of five state attorneys general who announced Thursday that they had filed separate lawsuits in their state against the maker of Oxycontin, in an effort to hold the drug industry responsible for the opioid crisis, according to news reports.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

About Erika Strebel, erika.strebel@wislawjournal.com

Erika Strebel is the law beat reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal and a law school student at UW-Madison. She can be reached at 414-225-1825.

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