ND will appeal case against opioid maker

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North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says he'll appeal the dismissal of the state's lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company over opioid abuse.

South Central District Judge James Hill threw out the state's claim on Friday, ruling essentially that Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma doesn't control its product after it enters the market.

North Dakota and five other states filed lawsuits a year ago accusing a pharmaceutical company of using deceptive marketing to boost drugs sales that fueled opioid overdose deaths.

The North Dakota ruling is the first in which a court has tossed a claim brought by a state in its entirety. A judge in Connecticut earlier this year dismissed the whole lawsuits from several municipalities there, asserting that the local governments did not have standing to sue.


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