Drug lawsuits filed by local counties transferred to another court

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Benton, Union and Tippah counties filed lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of the drugs in early January.

Posted: Jan 29, 2018 3:13 PM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) – Lawsuits filed by three North Mississippi counties against drug companies over the opioid epidemic has been transferred to a federal court in Ohio.

Benton, Union and Tippah counties filed lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of the drugs in early January.

In the lawsuit, the counties claimed the companies misrepresented the dangers of taking the medications.

They also contend the companies targeted certain patients and then tried to cover up their actions.

The counties are suing to recover public money spent in relation to the opioid epidemic.

The cases are being consolidated with nearly 160 others filed nationwide by local governments.

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