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June 4, 2019

OU Law Professor: If AG’s “Improper” Opioid Lawsuit Succeeds, It Could “Create a Monster”

A University of Oklahoma law professor told Legal Newsline that if the state’s opioid lawsuit is successful, it could create a monster that “easily could arise in Oklahoma and extend its tentacles well outside the opioid industry.”

Professor Andrew M. Coats called Oklahoma’s lawsuit “improper” and said “cases like this is why we have product liability law.”A judge in North Dakota recently dismissed that state’s lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, saying the company cannot control how customers uses their drugs and that North Dakota oversimplified the problem.

It’s the second week of the trial in Norman, Oklahoma, which started right after Memorial Day. 

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