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Drugmakers ask court to dismiss Arkansas opioid lawsuit

May 21, 2019

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Three drug manufacturers are asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that Arkansas’ attorney general filed accusing the companies of deceptive marketing that fueled a spike in opioid abuse.

Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson and Endo Pharmaceuticals responded Monday to the lawsuit that Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed last year against the companies over the opioid crisis. The state claims the companies broke laws against deceptive trade practices and the filing of false Medicaid claims.

The lawsuit was the first of two that Rutledge filed against drug companies over the opioid crisis. The Republican last month filed a lawsuit against three drug distributors.