Indiana Attorney General files lawsuit against pharma family


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WPTA21) — Attorney General Curtis Hill announcing details of a new lawsuit at his office regarding opioids Tuesday.

Hill announced he filed a lawsuit against members of the Sackler family, alleging that as owners and directors of Purdue Pharma they played a key role in worsening the opioid crisis in Indiana.

It will not be the first time Hill has taken legal action against Purdue Pharma as a result of the opioid crisis. In November, Hill filed suit against Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma, the maker of opioid products including Oxycontin.

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In the lawsuit, the State of Indiana alleges that members of the Sackler family directed, approved of, and participated in their company’s strategies. The lawsuit alleges members of the Sackler family, who individually served as Purdue Pharma’s CEO, vice presidents and/or board directors, violated the Deceptive Consumer Sales Act, the Prescription Drug Discount and Benefit Card Statute, the False Claims Act and the Medicaid False Claims Act, among other unlawful activities.

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“We believe the Sacklers’ wrongful acts have left a wake of addiction, death and devastation in Indiana and across the country,” Attorney General Hill said. “I hope this lawsuit serves notice to all that this office will continue to hold accountable companies and individuals who are engaging in abusive, deceptive, illegal and/or unfair conduct that causes harm to Indiana consumers.”

The Attorney General’s office said the lawsuit seeks civil penalties, treble damages, disgorgement of ill-gotten gains, and restitution of sums constituting unjust enrichment. You can read the complaint filed by the office below or by clicking here.

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