Judge to hear motion seeking to dismiss Walgreens from lawsuit filed by Prince's estate

November 19, 2018 03:26 PM

The video above originally aired in April when a lawsuit was filed in Illinois


A hearing will be held Tuesday morning in Carver County in which a judge will consider a motion filed by attorneys for Walgreens to dismiss the company from a medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit brought by the estate of late Minnesota music icon Prince.

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Prince died of a fentanyl overdose in 2016. 

RELATED: Prince's family's lawsuit against medical companies, doctor officially filed, court records show

Earlier this year, his family members sued Dr. Michael Schulenberg and various health care providers, saying they provided services to Prince in the weeks before his death but failed to treat his opioid addiction.

The lawsuit also names Iowa Health System (UnityPoint), the parent company of the Illinois hospital that treated Prince days before his death, Walgreens and North Memorial Health Care as defendants.

The motion from attorneys for Walgreens maintains that since a lawsuit filed by the family making the same claims has also been filed in Illinois (also naming Walgreens as a defendant), it is within the court's discretion to dismiss one of the actions.

And that because the lawsuit in Illinois was filed first, the Carver County lawsuit should be dismissed.

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