ATLANTA, Ga. – Attorney General Chris Carr filed a lawsuit Thursday in Gwinnett County superior court against opioid manufacturers and distributors.
The lawsuit aims to "seek justice for their alleged role in fueling the opioid crisis and its catastrophic effects on Georgia citizens."
“No Georgia community is a stranger to the devastating effects of the opioid crisis,” said Attorney General Chris Carr. “We are bringing this lawsuit quite simply to seek justice for the citizens of Georgia. It is imperative that we recover for the widespread damage that has been caused by this epidemic.”
The lawsuit alleges that -- in an effort to increase opioid use and thereby increase profits -- the named opioid manufacturers put on a false and deceptive marketing campaign that understated the dangerous addiction risks of opioids and overstated their benefits.
The complaint also alleges the manufacturers used front groups and key opinion leaders appearing to be independent, as well as unbiased third parties that were actually paid and controlled by the opioid manufacturers.
The lawsuit also alleges that the named opioid distributors supplied, sold and placed into the stream of commerce prescription opioids, without fulfilling their legal obligations.
The civil action – brought exclusively under Georgia law – seeks damages, injunctive relief and restitution for defendants’ conduct.