Tribes From Wash., ND Pile Onto Opioid MDL

Law360 (May 4, 2018, 7:20 PM EDT) -- Two North Dakota tribes and a Washington tribe filed complaints Thursday and Friday in the ever-expanding multidistrict litigation in Ohio federal court over the alleged role of manufacturers and distributors of prescription painkillers in worsening the nationwide opioid epidemic.

The Spirit Lake Tribe of Fort Totten, North Dakota; the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of Belcourt, North Dakota; and the Squaxin Island Indian Tribe of Shelton, Washington, filed separate suits alleging Purdue Pharma LP, McKesson Corp., AmerisourceBergen Corp., Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. and others deceptively marketed prescription opioids and didn’t comply with federal laws meant to keep the drugs from being...

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