- Associated Press - Monday, September 18, 2017

SEATTLE (AP) - The Latest on a lawsuit filed by a Washington city against the maker of OxyContin (all times local):

3:30p.m.

The manufacturer of the pain medication OxyContin is asking a federal judge to dismiss a Washington city’s lawsuit seeking to hold it accountable for damages from the illegal trafficking of its painkiller.

Everett, a city of about 108,000 north of Seattle, sued Purdue Pharma in January, alleging the drugmaker knowingly allowed pills to be funneled into the black market and into the city and did nothing to stop it.

A lawyer for Purdue Pharma, Patrick Fitzgerald, told U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo S. Martinez Monday the case should be tossed for a number of reasons. Among them, he argued that there’s no direct link between the company’s conduct and the harms at issue.

Meanwhile, a lawyer for the city said it should be allowed to make its case at trial. Chris Huck told the judge that Purdue knowingly put their painkillers into a supply chain they knew ended at an organized drug ring, and the city has suffered for it.

Martinez called the case an interesting one with some novel legal issues.

12:22 p.m.

After the makers of the prescription opioid OxyContin filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against them, lawyers for the city of Everett are expected in U.S. District Court Monday to defend the merits of its case.

The Daily Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2xsOpCb ) that Purdue Pharma is asking a federal judge in Seattle to toss the city’s lawsuit before it goes to trial. Everett’s lawyers say Purdue’s motion should be denied.

The city’s lawsuit claims the pharmaceutical company knew its prescription painkiller was being funneled into the black market and that its business practices helped create an opioid epidemic.

Lawyers representing the company say the city’s claims are based on a false theory that Purdue did nothing to alert law enforcement to the pills’ diversion.

The city of Tacoma last week sued Purdue Pharma and two other opioid manufacturers, Endo Health Solutions and Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

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This story has been updated to correct that Tacoma is suing Purdue, Endo Health Solutions and Janssen Pharmaceuticals.


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