November 14, 2017
As previously reported, NPR and co-counsel, Whitten Burrage, represent the State of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter in litigation against several manufacturers of opioid-based painkillers in a lawsuit filed in Cleveland County, Oklahoma, entitled State of Oklahoma v. Purdue Pharma, L.P., et al.
On September 15, 2017, the defendant drug manufacturers filed a Motion for Protective Order Staying Discovery Until the Court Rules on Defendants’ Motions to Dismiss.
Following full briefing by the parties and oral argument on November 14, 2017, Judge Thad Balkman denied Defendants’ motion in its entirety. Judge Balkman further ordered Defendants to answer/respond to the State’s discovery requests by December 13, 2017.
Along with Whitten Burrage, the State of Oklahoma is represented by NPR partners Bradley Beckworth, Jeffrey Angelovich and Susan Whatley and associates Lisa Baldwin, Trey Duck, Drew Pate and Cody Hill.