Pay attention to this little-noticed opioid lawsuit in Oklahoma


National News

February 15, 2019 - 4:22 PM

The Cleveland County Courthouse in Norman, Okla., is where an opioid case, Oklahoma v. Purdue Pharma, is scheduled for trial in May. Courtesy of Cleveland County, Norman, Oklahoma

WASHINGTON — In the legal battle to hold drug companies responsible for the country’s raging opioid epidemic, media attention largely has focused on a national lawsuit set for a late October trial in federal court in Cleveland, Ohio.

But it may be upstaged by a lesser-known opioid case: Oklahoma v. Purdue Pharma, scheduled for trial in May in the Cleveland County Courthouse in Norman, Okla.

The Ohio case, known as the National Prescription Opiate Litigation, is a consolidated case that includes federal lawsuits brought by more than 1,500 counties, municipalities, hospitals and others, and features a brief from the U.S. Justice Department.

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