In Re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation

Firm: Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

Issue Area: Pharma and Tobacco

Case summary

Quinn Emanuel defended Purdue Pharma, an opioid manufacturer, in numerous lawsuits across the country alleging deceptive marketing and sale of opioids including OxyContin. The marketing and over-prescription of opioids has killed hundreds of thousands of people across the United States.

Excerpt from the firm's work product

In its briefiing, Quinn Emanuel argued that the deceptive practices of its client were too attenuated for injured plaintiffs to recover: "The remoteness of Plaintiffs’ proposed causal chain is compounded by two factors—each of which independently breaks that chain: (1) prescribing physicians’ exercise of independent medical judgment as 'learned intermediaries' when prescribing pharmaceutical products; and (2) intervening third-party criminal acts that directly caused the claimed societal harms."

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