Path cleared for Indiana lawsuit against Purdue Pharma

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Prescription pain pills are seen dumped out on a table at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Tech. Sgt. Mark R. W. Orders-Woempner)

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has made a decision that allows the state to proceed with a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma.

Hill expressed his resolve to hold the company accountable for its alleged role in contributing to Indiana’s opioid crisis.

The move comes after a court rejected Purdue Pharma’s motion to dismiss the state lawsuit. The company says Indiana’s Deceptive Consumer Sales Act does not apply in this case because it is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. A Marion Superior Court judge rejected entirely the company’s arguments for dismissal on August 12.

Hill filed the state’s lawsuit on November 14 of last year, alleging that Purdue Pharma sought to increase profits by promoting their opioids in Indiana.

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