February 15, 2018

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill said his office had signed a contract with the plaintiffs’ law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC to represent the state in lawsuits against companies responsible for marketing and selling opioids. Hill’s office issued the following statement on Thursday, February 15, 2018:

Attorney General Curtis Hill announced today he has expanded his opioid legal team, which is investigating various options under consideration by the State of Indiana, including litigation. The national law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC will bolster the state’s legal analysis and litigation experience in this complex area of opioid accountability, Attorney General Hill said.

“Adding this firm to support our investigation is the next logical step in the multifaceted strategic approach we have employed over the past several months,” Attorney General Hill said. “From my first day in office, we have prioritized much of our attention, energy and resources toward fighting this opioid crisis that is destroying Hoosier lives and devastating Indiana communities. These efforts include a deliberative and diligent commitment to holding all parties accountable for actions detrimental to our state. We will continue to evaluate our best avenue for securing and investing resources from those responsible to help addicted Hoosiers overcome substance abuse and rebuild their lives.”

The agreement with Cohen Milstein calls for the firm to be compensated contingent upon an award of damages. The firm has offices in Washington, D.C.; Chicago; New York City; Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; Philadelphia; and Raleigh, N.C.

The Attorney General will continue to manage the opioid legal team as it investigates whether to pursue litigation.

“As we prepare for the next potential phase, I fully anticipate further enhancing our team as necessary for maximum effectiveness,” said Attorney General Hill.

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