Settlement talks have begun in opioid lawsuits against Big Pharma – over 250 cases have been brought against multiple companies

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
By Paul Martin

by: Edsel Cook
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Score one for the plaintiffs suing Big Pharma for its complicity in the opioid epidemic ravaging the United States. An article in LifeZette reported that settlement talks have begun between state attorney generals and the legal representatives of pharmaceutical companies and distributors.

More than 250 federal lawsuits have been filed against various pharma companies for their alleged involvement in the conditions that created the present opioid epidemic.

The settlement talks are the purview of U.S. District Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland. According to him, the epidemic is “100 percent man-made.”

Judge Polster also said that other branches of government have “punted” on handling the crisis.

Dozens of attorneys who represented the plaintiffs and the pharma companies were in attendance. Also present were attorney generals from Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, and Virginia, which are some of the states hardest hit by the opioid crisis.

“He’s dead serious about getting something resolved,” shared Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine regarding Judge Polster’s handling of the initial settlement talk. “I’m very encouraged.”

His counterpart from Kentucky, Andy Beshear, had scathing words for multinational pharmaceutical companies that were trying to extricate themselves from legal entanglement. He called on them to owe up to their mistakes and compensate victims for the various damages they caused.

“If you call yourself a health care company, and not simply a for-profit corporation, you should be willing to do that,” said Attorney General Beshear.

A modern-day plague

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