County Considering Opioid Lawsuit

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Earlier this week the Washita County commissioners met in closed session with representatives from the Fulmer Sill law firm to hear a proposal to file suit against as-yet unnamed drug manufacturers and distributors involved in what has been termed Oklahoma’s “opioid epidemic.” According to the proposal given to the commissioners, Fulmer Sill is partnering with the firm of McAfee & Taft to pursue litigation separate from the suits already filed by Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter.

Last month Hunter announced a $270 million settlement deal reached with Purdue Pharma, one of the companies sued by the state. Under the settlement agreement, $12.5 million will be earmarked for Oklahoma cities and counties, but to date no details about the distribution formula or process have been made public.

The suit proposed by Fulmer Sill would not seek to undermine or replace the state’s position, the attorneys wrote in their proposal, but only to broaden the defendant pool and increase the potential damages available for the municipalities involved. It would also, they said, provide the plaintiff cities and counties with direct control over the use of settlement funds, instead of relying upon state guideance.

 

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