Dallas lawyer Jeffrey Simon recently filed a first of its kind lawsuit in a Texas federal court against several of the nation’s largest drug manufacturers. His client alleges they are complicit in North America’s addiction to prescription pain killers.

Simon, a partner in Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett represents an East Texas county that is bringing public nuisance, fraud and racketeering allegations against several major drug makers including Purdue Pharma and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. He spoke with Texas Lawyer about how he found a client willing to take on the drug manufacturing industry, why he filed the case in the Eastern District of Texas and how he expects to prove up damages in what could be an extremely challenging case.

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