Seattle Opioid Litigation


The City of Seattle has sued the nation's leading manufacturers and wholesale distributors of prescription opioids for their role in causing the opioid crisis impacting the City and its residents.  The manufacturers contributed to the crisis by deceptively understating the risks, and overstating the benefits, of their drugs.  The wholesale distributors failed to implement required systems to monitor and prevent shipments of prescription opioids from being diverted into illegal distribution channels where they are readily available for misuse and abuse.  Through this litigation, Seattle seeks to recover the funds it has spent to combat the opioid crisis, and those that will be required remedy its adverse effects. 

Seattle's case has been consolidated with similar lawsuits brought by cities and counties across the country.  The pretrial phase of all consolidated cases is being conducted by a federal court in Ohio.  If Seattle's lawsuit is not resolved or settled as part of the consolidated proceedings, it will be transferred back to a federal court in Seattle for trial.  

This website provides information to the public that explains what this lawsuit is about.


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