State Attorney General Letitia James notched another settlement in her ongoing pursuit of justice against opioid manufacturers. This time, she announced a $50 million settlement against Endo International, a specialty pharmaceutical company.
Endo settled three cases pending in Suffolk County Supreme Court. Plaintiffs in these cases alleged that Endo aggressively marketed prescription opioid medications and/or failure to take adequate steps to identify and report suspicious orders.
“Every dollar we receive today from an opioid manufacturer is another dollar that can be spent to combat the ongoing opioid crisis and potentially save another New Yorker’s life,” said Attorney General James. “For more than two decades, the opioid epidemic has wreaked havoc on countless communities throughout New York and across the rest of the nation, killing hundreds of thousands of our friends and family members and addicting millions more. Like other opioid manufacturers, Endo has distributed opioids without regard to the national crisis they were helping to fuel. But today, we’re holding them accountable for their unlawful conduct in New York state and recovering $50 million that will go towards prevention, treatment, and recovery programs.”
Over the last few months, the office of the New York Attorney General has negotiated about $1.5 billion for New York state. The money will help fund opioid mitigation efforts.