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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Opioid suit is latest brought by Calif. county with help from contingency fee attorneys

Opioids are an increasing issue of concern by workers' compensation insurance companies. This lawsuit may change the tide completely. It is shared from

Santa Clara County in California has filed a lawsuit against five of the largest opioid manufacturers, marking at least the 10th time the county, which recently was among a group of government entities that earned a $1.15 billion verdict against the paint industry, has partnered with private law firms.

In the complaint Santa Clara and Orange counties filed on May 21 in Orange County Superior Court, they allege that Purdue Pharma, Cephalon, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Endo Health Solutions and Actavis violated California’s false advertising and unfair competition laws and created a public nuisance.

They say the drug manufacturers knew that opioids were ineffective, addictive and unsafe for long-term use but persuaded doctors to prescribe them in order to expand the market and boost their profits.

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Jon L. Gelman of Wayne NJ is the author of NJ Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thompson-Reuters) and co-author of the national treatise, Modern Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thompson-Reuters). For over 4 decades the Law Offices of Jon L Gelman  1.973.696.7900  have been representing injured workers and their families who have suffered occupational accidents and illnesses.