Oklahoma drops some claims against opioid manufacturers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A week after reaching a $270 million settlement with the maker of OxyContin, Oklahoma’s attorney general has dismissed some claims against other drugmakers in a lawsuit alleging they helped create the nation’s deadly opioid crisis.

A motion filed by Attorney General Mike Hunter’s office Thursday dismisses claims of fraud and deceit, unjust enrichment and violations of the state’s Medicaid laws against several drugmakers. A statement from Hunter’s office says dismissing the claims does not reduce the amount of damages the state is seeking.

The motion says Hunter will continue to pursue allegations that the drugmakers created a public nuisance.

Sabrina Strong, an attorney for Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries, which are among the companies being sued, says in a statement that dismissal of the claims shows they were groundless.

Hunter’s office settled allegations against drugmaker Purdue Pharma on March 26.

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