The complaint alleges the companies engaged in “a massive false marketing campaign to drastically expand the market for such drugs” and reaped “enormous financial rewards by refusing to monitor and restrict the improper distribution of those drugs.”
The case was filed in the Northern District of Georgia earlier this month and is expected to be transferred and merged with a multidistrict litigation in the Northern District of Ohio.
Due to the nature of multidistrict litigation, the complaint follows a strict template similar to other jurisdictions with few details specific to Cobb.
“Although Plaintiff does not presently know the names of the Marketing Defendants’ sales representatives active in Cobb County, through discovery this information will become available,” it reads. “Sales representatives’ call notes, for example, will identify the strategies Marketing Defendants deployed specifically within Cobb County and some of the specific misrepresentations they made.”
Commissioner Bob Ott said the county was recruited to join the lawsuit, and said any damages it might win would be put toward programs to confront the epidemic.