Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the announcement from Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry that they have agreed to coordinate efforts in the State of Louisiana’s litigation against opioid manufacturers.
Under the agreement, the Attorney General’s office will take over primary responsibility for the suit filed by the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) in the 19th Judicial District Court. The AG’s office will also be leading efforts with other state agencies and departments to pursue all claims Louisiana has as a result of the opioid crisis. In its case, the LDH is seeking damages and penalties for the amounts it has already paid for excessive opioid prescriptions and resulting treatment costs. The lawsuit alleges that the drug companies engaged in fraudulent marketing regarding the risks and benefits of prescription opioids, helping fuel the state’s opioid epidemic.
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