Eureka Files Suit Against Opioid Manufacturers

The City of Eureka has filed a lawsuit in federal court in the Northern District of California
against the largest manufacturers of prescription opioids in the United States, as well as the
three primary wholesale distributors of prescription opioids in the country. The complaint
alleges Defendants violated California’s Unfair Competition Law and the federal racketeering
statute (“RICO”), and also that Defendants’ conduct constitutes a public nuisance, negligence,
and unjust enrichment under California law.
Opioid-related overdoses are the leading cause of death in the U.S., surpassing fatal car
accidents. Of the 1,925 people who died from opioid overdoses in California
that year, 33 were from Humboldt County.