Okla. Tribe Sues Gov't To Offset Opioid 'Bad Men' Harms

Law360 (February 13, 2020, 8:24 PM EST) -- The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes sued the U.S. government in federal claims court to obtain compensation for harms od an alleged conspiracy by drugmakers Purdue, Actavis and Janssen along with distributors and pharmacies to get people addicted to prescription opioids.

A "bad men" clause in U.S. tribal treaties entitles the united, federally recognized tribe of Southern Arapaho and Southern Cheyenne people of western Oklahoma to government compensation for the opioid epidemic's harm to its members and resources, according to a complaint filed Monday in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Under the treaties, the federal government pledged to arrest, punish and seek reimbursement for...

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