City of Everett's lawsuit against Purdue Pharma

In January 2017, the City of Everett filed a civil lawsuit against Purdue Pharma for allowing OxyContin to be funneled through the black market, causing the current opioid crisis in Everett.

On Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, the Honorable Ricardo S. Martinez, the Chief United States District Judge for the Western District of Washington, issued his ruling on Purdue’s motion to dismiss the City’s lawsuit, which denied in part and granted in part Purdue’s motion.  The Court ruled that the majority of Everett’s claims can move forward as alleged, and the Court also granted the City an opportunity to amend its other claims.

On Oct. 25, 2017, the City of Everett filed its First Amended Complaint, which includes (among other things) additional allegations concerning the City of Everett’s claim for public nuisance.    

On Nov. 29, 2017, Purdue filed its Answer to the First Amended Complaint

On . 5, 2017, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation issued an Order transferring more than 60 cases to the Northern District of Ohio. The City of Everett opposed transfer, however, the ruling by Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation also includes transfer of the lawsuit filed by the City of Everett for pre-trial coordination with the other transferred cases.   

Pursuant to the Order, the City of Everett, through its outside counsel (Kelley, Goldfarb, Huck, Roth & Riojas, PLLC), will continue to pursue its lawsuit in coordination with the other cases that were transferred to the Northern District of Ohio for pre-trial proceedings.