Cherokee Nation Wants Purdue Opioid Row In State Court

Law360 (August 6, 2018, 8:38 PM EDT) -- The Cherokee Nation on Monday pushed to send back to Oklahoma state court its lawsuit seeking to hold Purdue Pharma accountable for its alleged role in an explosion of opioid abuse among tribe members, blasting Purdue for contending the case belongs in federal court instead.

The tribe filed a motion to remand its lawsuit against Purdue Pharma LP, Purdue Pharma Manufacturing Inc., Purdue Frederick Co. Inc. and Purdue Pharma Inc., which asserts that, as the manufacturers of OxyContin, the companies could and should have prevented the brunt of the opioid epidemic.

Purdue removed the dispute to Oklahoma federal court in July,...

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