Multistate investigation into Big Pharma continues, Utah issues request for information

Utah doctor’s opioid-addiction program aims to save lives (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) - The Attorney General's Office issued a Request for Information (RFI) on Tuesday May 9 to help evaluate interest by law firms in representing the State of Utah in a potential lawsuit against an opioid manufacturers or distributors, according to a press release.

Utah, along with some of its sister states, is investigating opioid manufacturers and distributors. Over 40 state attorneys general are helping the investigation by serving investigative demands and obtaining documents and information on behalf of the public. In September 2017, the multi-state investigation served demands on five major drug companies and three opioid distributors.

“We are measuring carefully, almost daily, whether the benefits of plunging into litigation outweigh its very significant expense, in both time and dollars," said Attorney General Sean Reyes. "So far, the wisest course of action has been to pursue the multi-state investigation focused on preparing for litigation, with the possibility of a comprehensive settlement. With the weight of so many states on our side, we hope some settlement for significant compensation and injunctive relief can be reached. But if it ever appears that the investigation is unfruitful, or negotiations do not yield satisfactory results, we are preparing a lawsuit so that we can then engage the law firm or firms identified through this RFI to help Utah pursue its claims."

An RFI differs from a Request for Proposal (RFP), which solicits and commences the bidding process for securing legal representation. The RFI is non-binding and does not require any party to take any further action. If an RFP is issued, every law firm that responded to the RFI with adequate contact information may receive direct notice of the RFP.

In the meantime, Utah continues to investigate Big Pharma.

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