Auglaize, Mercer counties are part of opioid lawsuit


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CLEVELAND — The city of Cleveland has joined a legal fight that accuses global consultant McKinsey & Company of helping Purdue Pharma boost the sales of prescription opioids.

The city and 15 other communities in northern Ohio, including Mercer and Auglaize counties, filed a lawsuit Thursday that alleges McKinsey “played an integral role in creating and deepening” the opioid epidemic.

It says McKinsey began advising Purdue about 2009, near the height of a scourge that has killed more than 400,000 people nationally over the past two decades.

The case, brought in U.S. District Court in Cleveland, is expected to be transferred to a federal court in San Francisco, where a judge is hearing other cases against McKinsey.

The filing comes months after McKinsey agreed to pay out $573 million in a settlement with state attorneys general across the country. Ohio obtained $24 million in the settlement.

That settlement followed Purdue Pharma’s agreement a year ago to pay $8 billion to resolve criminal and civil investigations with the Justice Department.

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