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Mayors want law changed after dismissal of opioid lawsuits

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Several Connecticut mayors have joined forces in an effort to change state law in response to a judge dismissing lawsuits by 37 cities and towns blaming prescription drugmakers for the opioid crisis.

Judge Thomas Moukawsher ruled in January that the lawsuits were not allowed because they were not filed as government enforcement actions authorized by state public interest laws.

The municipalities want to recoup millions of dollars spent responding to drug overdoses and other opioid-related problems. They're appealing the ruling.

The mayors of New Haven, New London, New Britain and Wallingford announced Thursday that they will lead a new coalition to advocate for a state law change allowing such lawsuits.

Purdue Pharma and other opioid makers are defending lawsuits against them by state and local governments nationwide.


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