NH looks to Oklahoma opioid lawsuit for signals
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New Hampshire in 2015 became the first state to subpoena opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma for documents detailing its allegedly deceptive marketing of the highly addictive painkiller OxyContin.
Years of procedural legal battles in Merrimack Superior Court, the state Supreme Court and several federal courts have bogged down the resulting lawsuit brought by the Attorney General’s office. But a sign of what’s to come for New Hampshire — and the hundreds of cities and towns nationwide that have filed similar suits — could soon come from Oklahoma, where a case brought by that state’s Attorney General could set a crucial precedent.