NYLJ Speaks With Paul Napoli on NY Judge Opioid Ruling

June 25, 2019

Source: New York Law Journal

A New York judge has allowed a group of consolidated cases brought by several counties and cities in New York to pursue claims against the Sackler family in order to recoup millions of dollars in costs tied to the opioid crisis.

In a ruling Friday, Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice Jerry Garguilo found two cities and 31 counties had alleged sufficient facts to move forward against the Sacklers on their claims, which include public nuisance, negligence, fraud and New York’s consumer fraud and false advertising laws.

The ruling is the first to address whether claims over the opioid crisis could continue against the Sacklers, as current and former directors of opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma, according to Paul Napoli, co-lead plaintiffs counsel in the New York case.

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