Attorney General Curtis Hill has filed a new lawsuit against members of the Sackler family alleging they helped spur the opioid crisis in Indiana. The family owns and operates Purdue Pharma, which is best known for producing and promoting the painkiller OxyContin.
Last year, Attorney General Hill filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, stating that the company “intentionally understated the health risks of long-term opioid use and deceptively marketed several drugs in ways that violated Indiana law.” That dispute is still being reviewed in Marion Superior Court.
In the new lawsuit, the State of Indiana states that the Sackler family directed, approved of and participated in what it calls their company’s deceptive and harmful strategies. The lawsuit further alleges that the Sacklers personally profited financially from this.
The state alleges that the family, who’s members include Purdue Pharma’s core leadership, violated the Deceptive Consumer Sales Act, the Prescription Drug Discount and Benefit Card Statute, the False Claims Act and the Medicaid False Claims Act.
“We believe the Sacklers’ wrongful acts have left a wake of addiction, death and devastation in Indiana and across the country,” Attorney General Hill said in a news release. “I hope this lawsuit serves notice to all that this office will continue to hold accountable companies and individuals who are engaging in abusive, deceptive, illegal and/or unfair conduct that causes harm to Indiana consumers.”
According to the court documents, the lawsuit seeks civil penalties, treble damages, disgorgement of ill-gotten gains, and restitution of sums constituting unjust enrichment.
You can view the lawsuit in the document below: