[Jon Langham - For Shaw Media]
The lawsuit specifically names Purdue Pharma, Abbott Laboratories, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Cephalon, Johnson and Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Endo Health Solutions, Dr. Perry Fine, Dr. Scott Fishman and Dr. Lynn Webster.
The lawsuit will not be paid for with taxpayer dollars, Kenneally said. The costs will be covered by the law firm, and if they win, Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC will receive 25 percent of the amount awarded for each county.
Hanly first sued Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, in 2003. Since then, he has represented thousands of pain patients who became addicted to opioids through pain pills.
Purdue settled for $75 million in 2006, admitting the company had downplayed the addictive risk of its medicine. Now, Hanly is setting his sights on a bigger settlement, as he represents cities and counties in five states across the U.S.
Kenneally compared the suits that are popping up every month to the litigation against the tobacco industry that resulted in a $246 billion settlement in 1998.