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Notable Opioid Settlements

Opioids took the US by storm and for the last 20 years, the country has been fighting to balance their use in pain management and their risk of addiction. As a result, lawsuits have been opened up against pharmaceutical companies involved in the opioid pipeline. Thousands of cases have been opened, but few opioid settlements have gained as much attention or resulted in as many repercussions as those listed here.

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Department of Justice v. McKesson Corporation (1/17/17)

Description

McKesson did not adhere to an effective strategy of monitoring suspicious orders, allowing too many opioid orders to go through. This negligence is in violation of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).

Plaintiff(s)

Department of Justice.

Defendant(s)

McKesson Corporation.

Jurisdiction

National.

Results

McKesson settled all civil charges with a payment of $150 million.

State of West Virginia v. Mckesson Corporation (1/11/18)

Description

West Virginia accused McKesson Pharmaceutical of shipping over 100 million opioid doses into small towns throughout the state.

Plaintiff(s)

State of West Virginia, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.

Defendant(s)

McKesson Corporation.

Jurisdiction

West Virginia

Results

McKesson will pay $37 million to WV over a period of 5 years.

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Manhattan DEA v. Rochester Drug Co-op. (4/23/19)

Description

The former executive officers and the company as a whole are charged with unlawful distribution of opioids.

Plaintiff(s)

Manhattan Attorney General and Manhattan DEA.

Defendant(s)

Rochester Drug Co-op., Laurence F. Doud III, and William Pietruzewski

Jurisdiction

New York City, New York.

Results

Rochester Drug Coop will pay $20 million to the government while the former executives face up to 15 years in jail each.

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Federal Government v. Insys (6/5/19)

Description

Insys violated the False Claims Act because of the unlawful monetary kickbacks it was giving prescribing health professionals in order to encourage them to prescribe Subsys, their opioid product.

Plaintiff(s)

Department of Justice

Defendant(s)

Insys and company CEO: John Kapoor.

Jurisdiction

National.

Results

Insys settled for a payment of $225 million in order to avoid criminal and civil investigations. Kapoor was sentenced to 66 months in prison.

State of Oklahoma et al. v. Purdue Pharma L.P. et al. (6/24/19)

Description

State of OK sued Purdue et al on fraud charges accusing the defendants of aggressively marketing opioids they knew would be problematic from the public.

Plaintiff(s)

Cleveland County, Oklahoma.

Defendant(s)

Purdue Pharma L.P., Purdue Pharma INC, The Purdue Frederick Company, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA INC., Cephalon, INC., Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals INC., Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, INC., Janssen Pharmeceutica, Allergan PLC., Watson Laboratories, INC., Actavis LLC., Actavis Pharma, INC.

Jurisdiction

Cleveland County, Oklahoma.

Results

$270 million settlement with Purdue Pharma, $85 million settlement with Teva Pharmaceuticals.

Federal Government v. Reckitt Benckiser (7/11/19)

Description

The global conglomerate Reckitt Benckiser marketed the recovery opioid Suboxone aggressively in the US and served as a driving force for the opioid crisis.

Plaintiff(s)

Department of Justice.

Defendant(s)

Reckitt Benckiser and subsidiary Indivior Inc.

Jurisdiction

National.

Results

A total settlement of $1.4 billion in proceed forfeiture and civil settlements with the states and federal government. This is the largest opioid related settlement in history.

Ohio Counties v. Johnson & Johnson (10/1/19)

Description

The two Ohio Counties believe Johnson & Johnson bear responsibility for fueling the opioid epidemic throughout their communities

Plaintiff(s)

Cuyahoga and Summit County, Ohio

Defendant(s)

Johnson & Johnson

Jurisdiction

Cuyahoga County, Summit county, Ohio.

Results

Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay a settlement of $10 million to each county and $5 million for both to cover litigation fees.

The National Prescription Opiate Litigation: MDL 2804 (2020+)

Description

Plaintiff alleges every party involved in the opioid pipeline grossly misrepresented the damage long term opioid use could cause.

Plaintiff(s)

Counties, cities, Native American tribes, and individual citizens throughout the US.

Defendant(s)

Opioid manufacturers, opioid distributors, prescribing doctors, chain pharmacies.

Jurisdiction

National.

Results

Ongoing.

Your Experience with Opioids

If you or a loved one have been harmed by opioids, check our How to Join a Class Action page to find resources on your legal recourse options related to opioid settlements. If opioids are still an active issue in your life it’s not too late to make a change. Opioid use disorders are dangerous and can lead to serious long term consequences, even death. Reach out to a qualified treatment provider today to discover the next steps in your healing process.

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