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Larry Krasner Announces Opioid Lawsuit Under Commonwealth’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Laws

February 15, 2018

FOR IMMIEDATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Ben Waxman, 215-686-8711, benjamin.waxman@phila.gov
Larry Krasner Announces Opioid Lawsuit Under Commonwealth’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Laws

PHILADELPHIA (February 15, 2018) – Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner today announced the filing of a lawsuit against ten pharmaceutical companies, under the Commonwealth’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Laws, for their role in creating the city’s opioid epidemic. The filing, which was made in Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas, was filed on Feb. 2, 2018.

District Attorney Larry Krasner said, “The City of Philadelphia has been hurt, more than any other city in the nation, by the scourge of opioids. The time to act is now, which is why I’ve taken this unprecedented action, in parallel with the City of Philadelphia’s suit, to stop these companies from systematically distracting the public from knowing the true dangers of opioid use as they reap billions of dollars in profits.”

The defendants in the lawsuit are: Purdue Pharma, L.P.; Purdue Pharma, Inc.; The Purdue Frederick Company, Inc.; Allergan Finance, LLC; Cephalon, Inc.; Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.; Endo Health Solutions, Inc.; Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; and Johnson & Johnson.
“The City of Philadelphia certainly needs to address the health and treatment aspects of the opioid crisis, because it is devastating our neighborhoods – especially the residents of Kensington and Fairhill, but it also needs to stop the flow of these addictive drugs into our homes,” said Philadelphia City Councilwoman Maria D. QuiñonesSánchez. “This lawsuit, and the one filed by the City of Philadelphia are a good start, which is why I’m proud to support District Attorney Krasner’s efforts today and am happy to stand with him as we work to stop the pipeline of addiction.”

The lawsuit is designed to recover some of the extraordinary costs that the City of Philadelphia and its citizens have had to bear because of the opioid epidemic. The Consumer Protection Law authorizes either the PA Attorney General or a PA County District Attorney to sue in the name of the Commonwealth if they believe that a manufacturer is using, or planning to use, certain unfair or deceptive practices prohibited by law.

“I have seen first-hand the devastation caused by opioids, and the deadly path that leads users to heroin addiction,” said Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas Farley, MD, MPH. “This is a public health crisis. So, it’s time for these companies to help us solve the problem that they have in part caused.”

There are currently sixteen separate lawsuits that have been filed by different counties in Pennsylvania against opioid manufacturers, including one recently filed by the City of Philadelphia. Krasner’s lawsuit is unique because it is the first of its kind filed by a county district attorney under the Consumer Protection Law.

“I’d like to thank Mayor Kenney’s Opioid Task Force and the team of outside, expert attorneys who are working with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office on this case, added Krasner.

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The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office is the largest prosecutor’s office in Pennsylvania, and one of the largest in the nation. It serves the more than 1.5 million citizens of the City and County of Philadelphia, employing 600 lawyers, detectives and support staff. The District Attorney’s Office is responsible for prosecution of over 75,000 criminal cases annually.

 

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District Attorney Larry Krasner to announce major consumer protection lawsuit

February 14, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 14, 2018

CONTACT:

Ben Waxman, 215-686-8711, benjamin.waxman@Phila.gov

PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 14, 2018) – Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner will be joined by public officials and community advocates as he announces a major consumer protection lawsuit designed to hold accountable those who have threatened the health and welfare of the City of Philadelphia.

WHO:              Larry Krasner, Philadelphia District Attorney

WHERE:

Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office

Ray Harley Training Room

3 S. Penn Square

Philadelphia, PA 19107

WHEN:          

Feb. 15, 2018 at 2 p.m.

 

WOMAN REGISTERS VEHICLE WITH FRAUDULENT OMNI INSURANCE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IDENTIFICATION CARD

July 7, 2016

Charges:
Insurance Fraud 18 Pa C.S. § 4117 – F3
Forgery 18 Pa C.S. § 3922 – F3

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Tanya Fields after receiving an insurance fraud referral from a citizen. During the course of investigating a 1994 Mercury, detectives learned from the car’s Penndot title history that Fields had originally purchased the vehicle in December 2013 and had registered the vehicle with an Omni Insurance financial responsibility identification card. Detectives called a representative from Omni Insurance and learned that Fields’ policy number was not valid. Fields was arrested for Insurance Fraud and Forgery on June 28, 2016. She is next scheduled to appear for a status listing on July 5, 2016 in Philadelphia Municipal Court.

MAN FRAUDULENTLY REPORTS VEHICLE STOLEN TO BOTH INFINITY INSURANCE COMPANY AND THE PHILADELPHIA POLICE

September 14, 2015

 

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit investigated Alfredo Rivera after receiving a referral from Infinity Insurance Company. On May 4, 2014, Rivera struck a Toyota Camry with his BMW and then reported the vehicle stolen in an attempt to conceal that he had crashed his vehicle. Shortly after the accident, Rivera called the Philadelphia Police and stated that his vehicle had been stolen; however, the officer soon realized that Rivera had actually been in an accident with the car just a few blocks away. Even though the officer had already contradicted Rivera’s account, Rivera still gave a statement to Infinity Insurance Company the next day in which he indicated that his vehicle had been stolen. Rivera was arrested for Insurance Fraud and False Reports on September 9, 2015. He is next scheduled for a status listing on September 15, 2015 in Philadelphia Municipal Court.

Charges:

Insurance Fraud 18 Pa C.S. § 4117 – F3

False Reports 18 Pa C.S. § 4906 – M3

 

MAN REGISTERS VOLVO WITH FRAUDULENT CAPITOL ONE INSURANCE COMPANY FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IDENTIFICATION CARD

February 11, 2015

Philadelphia – Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit investigated Christopher Turino after receiving a referral from Erie Insurance Company. On April 3, 2014, Turino was involved in an accident with two other vehicles, one of which was an Erie insured. Turino fled the scene of the accident; however, the police noted the license plate number of his 2004 Volvo and later discovered that the car had been registered with a fraudulent Capitol One Insurance company financial responsibility identification card. Detectives from the Insurance Fraud Unit retrieved the title history of the 2004 Volvo and learned that Turino had registered the car with a Capitol Insurance Company financial responsibility identification card on January 24, 2014. Detectives contacted representatives from the company who confirmed that the card was fraudulent. Turino was arrested for Forgery and Insurance Fraud on February 7, 2015. He is next listed in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on February 13, 2015.

Mother and Boyfriend Plead Guilty to Horrible Death of 5 Year Old Boy

June 3, 2014

June 2, 2014: Today, 26 year old Christian Patrick and 25 year old Lashay Patterson each pleaded guilty to Third Degree Murder, Conspiracy, EWOC, and PIC for the death of Patterson’s 5-year-old son Dashawn Harris. Both defendants were immediately sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison by the Honorable Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi.

On December 1, 2012 at approximately 1:18am, Philadelphia Fire Fighters responded to 645 N. 13th Street and found 5 year-old Dashawn Harris unconscious, cold, and without any signs of life. The child was transported to Hahnemann Hospital where he was officially pronounced deceased a half-hour later. The child had been in the custody of his mother, defendant Lashay Patterson, and her boyfriend defendant Christian Patrick before his death. The medical examiner determined the cause of death was multiple blunt impact trauma to the child’s entire body, and there were additional signs of the little boy having been burned. The child also showed signs of healing traumatic injuries. The defendants each gave a statement at the time of arrest- Patterson said that she preferred her boyfriend to “discipline” the child because he could hit harder, and Patrick admitted to beating the child for hours with punches and a belt. They had been beating the 5 year-old for the three months prior to his death.

ADA Bridget Kirn successfully prosecuted this case.

Northwest Mother Charged with Leaving Baby in Hot Car

August 28, 2013

August 28, 2013:  The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has charged 24-year-old Jasmin Ingram with Endangering the Welfare of a Child (EWOC) and Recklessly Endangering Another Person (REAP) after she left her baby daughter alone inside a hot car on August 26, 2013. 

Ingram was arraigned last night, released on her own recognizance and her next court date is scheduled for October 1, 2013 at 1801 Vine Street.

 

 

Edgar Bonilla bail set at 5 Million Dollars

June 18, 2013

June 18, 2013: The District Attorney’s Office has charged 41-year-old Edgar Bonilla with Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault, Possession of an Instrument of a Crime (PIC), Simple Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person (REAP), Robbery, Burglary, Theft, and Criminal Trespass. Bonilla is charged with cutting off the testicles of a paraplegic resident of an assisted living facility on Monday evening. Bonilla was arraigned this afternoon, bail was set at 5 (m) million dollars and his next court listing is scheduled for July 2, 2013 in courtroom 703.

Grand Jury Indicts Richard DeCoatsworth

June 18, 2013

June 17, 2013: The Indicting Grand Jury has charged Richard DeCoatsworth with Rape, Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, Trafficking of Persons, Sexual Assault, Indecent Assault, Promoting Prostitution, Witness Intimidation, Possession with Intent to Distribute (PWID), Terroristic Threats, Possession of an Instrument of a Crime (PIC), Impersonating a Public Servant, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

DeCoatsworth is still being held on 60 (m) million dollars bail, his bail reduction hearing originally scheduled for Monday was continued until June 24, 2013 in courtroom 608. ADA Joseph McGlynn of the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit is specially assigned to this case.

New Charges in Tacony Kidnapping Cases

October 28, 2011

 Philadelphia, October 28, 2011: The District Attorney’s Office has charged Linda Ann Weston, Eddie Wright and Jean McIntosh with Aggravated Assault, Kidnapping, Conspiracy, Unlawful Restraint, False Imprisonment, Simple Assault, and REAP.  These charges are in connection with the abuse of a 19 year old relative who was locked in a bathroom closet for at least two weeks in Philadelphia.  The victim was only let out of the closet twice a day to eat and occasionally use the bathroom.  When police discovered the victim she had several injuries including hand fractures, a healing tibia fracture, ecchymosis (bruising) to her left eye, and several hypertrophic scars across her body.  All three defendants were arraigned last night, bail for Linda Ann Weston and Eddie Wright was set for 2 million dollars, and Jean McIntosh’s bail was set for 1 million dollars.  The next court date on these charges is November 15, 2011.