Attorney General Matt Denn confirmed Thursday his participation in a national coalition of Attorneys General investigating potential "unlawful or deceptive practices" by manufacturers while marketing and selling opioids.
Officials with the Delaware Department of Justice on Thursday announced, in response to a Wall Street Journal article, that the state was participating in the investigation, and that an invitation has been submitted to private law firms for competitive bids to be appointed as special counsel for the DOJ to conduct these investigations.
"The detailed Request for Proposal requires that the work be done on a contingency fee basis so it would not involve the use of state funds," the announcement clarified.
Denn's office did not reveal any specifics about the manufacturers being investigated, or much about the course of the investigation itself, only that the efforts have "been underway for some time."
“These efforts to hold manufacturers of opioids financially responsible where the law allows are an important part of our overall effort to improve prevention and treatment of substance abuse,” Attorney General Denn said. “If our investigations reveal that the manufacturers of these products violated Delaware law, we will seek to have them help pay for the fight to end the epidemic.”