Partner Jeffrey Pyle Successfully Argues for Unsealing of Purdue Pharma Complaint

Firm News · January 30, 2019

On Monday, January 28, Judge Janet Sanders of the Suffolk Superior Court ruled that the entirety of a complaint against Purdue Pharma for allegedly sparking the opioid crisis must be released to the public.  The lawsuit, brought by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, accuses the company of using aggressive tactics and misleading information to market its painkiller OxyContin.  This decision came after a hearing on Friday, January 25, at which Media and First Amendment partner Jeffrey Pyle argued on behalf of a coalition of media organizations that had requested the release of the full complaint to the public. “Every day that goes by where this document is substantially under seal is a day that the public does not have access to newsworthy and important information,” said Pyle in his argument.  The ruling, and Pyle’s argument, were covered in The Boston Globe and on StatNews.com, as well as by Law360CBS News, and the Associated Press.