Two-thirds of Wisconsin counties suing pharmaceutical companies

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Two thirds of Wisconsin's counties have now filed lawsuits accusing pharmaceutical companies of causing the nation's opioid overdose epidemic.

Another 20 Wisconsin counties filed lawsuits, it was announced Tuesday.

The counties' lawsuits are similar to the complaints filed earlier this month by 28 other counties in the state. They allege that the makers of prescription painkillers engaged in deceptive marketing campaigns to sell their products.

Named in the complaints are Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson, Endo Health Solutions, Inc. and subsidiaries of the companies. All have denied the allegations in the Wisconsin lawsuits and others across the country.

The lawsuits seek unspecified monetary damages from the companies.