Publication Archive: Opioids Litigation

Augusta, Maine Considering Joining Opioid Litigation

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Augusta city councilors on Thursday are expected to decide whether the city should join with other municipalities and counties in a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies over claims that information was withheld information about how addictive their drugs could be. Drug overdoses killed a record 418 Mainers last year, an 11 percent increase over the 376…Read the article

Leading Pain Doctors Face Opioid Lawsuits

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Source: Yahoo! Finance
Four of the nation’s leading pain doctors, who spearheaded a medical movement to treat chronic pain with opioid drugs, have been named as co-defendants in scores of lawsuits filed by cities and counties against opioid manufacturers. The lawsuits allege that the doctors allowed themselves to be used by manufacturers, as part of a false, industrywide…Read the article

Cattaraugus County Declares Opioid Epidemic A Nuisance

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Source: Olean Times Herald
The Cattaraugus County Legislature on Wednesday officially declared the county’s heroin/opioid epidemic a public nuisance. The measure, which passed 14-0 with one abstention, is titled, “Local Law Declaring the Opioid Epidemic and Its Effects on Cattaraugus County A Public Nuisance and Establishing a Cost Recovery Procedure for the County’s Expenditures Incurred in Providing Services Related…Read the article

Town of Cheektowaga, NY Set To Join Opioid Lawsuit

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Source: Cheektowaga Chronicle
The Town of Cheektowaga is following a national trend and will be filing a lawsuit against the manufacturers of opioid drugs because they say their negligence has led to the heroin epidemic. Town lawmakers say the drug manufacturers, distributors, and key opinion leaders have violated New York’s General Business Law in creating this public health…Read the article

Summit County Files Lawsuit Against Big Pharma

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Source: Park Record
The lawsuit claims Summit County has been forced to spend a significant amount of money to combat the opioid epidemic locally, similar to the argument that is being made in hundreds of other cases. The three legal firms representing the county, including Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, are working on a contingency fee agreement and will only…Read the article

Strongsville, OH Suing Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

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Source: Strongsville Patch
The city of Strongsville is following the example of the state of Ohio and other communities in suing the manufacturers and distributors of prescription painkillers. Like other lawsuits filed against the prescription pain killer drug makers, Strongsville’s lawsuit will now seek a specific monetary compensation, leaving the sought after total unspecified. It says the compensation…Read the article

Summit County Joins Opioid Litigation

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Source: Deseret News
In addition to its own attorneys, Summit County has brought on private counsel from law firms Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, of New York City, and Dewsnup King Olsen Worel Havas & Mortensen, and Magleby Cataxinos & Greenwood, both of Salt Lake City. The attorneys are working on a contingency, meaning they would only be paid from…Read the article

Manatee County Joining Local Gov’ts Suing in Opioid Crisis

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Source: Bradenton Herald
Manatee County, the epicenter of the opioid epidemic in Florida, will join the growing number of local governments in Florida suing drug makers to recover some of what the county has paid for everything from the drugs that reverse the effects of an overdose to autopsies. Commissioners unanimously voted to direct County Attorney Mickey Palmer…Read the article

Kennebec County Joins Nationwide Opioid Lawsuit

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Source: Portland Press Herald
The Kennebec county commissioners voted Tuesday to sign on to a nationwide lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies that make and distribute opioids, a decision already made by several municipal and county governments in Maine. The allegations in the lawsuit – being brought by Napoli Shkolnik PLLC of New York City and by Trafton, Matzen, Belleau &…Read the article

Forbes Quotes Paul Napoli On Opioid Crisis

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Source: Forbes
The judge’s decision not to stay the lawsuits increases the pressure on manufacturers and wholesalers to either win dismissal of these cases or prepare for an accelerated trial schedule. Under New York law, municipal plaintiffs have priority in setting their cases for trial, said Paul Napoli of Napoli Shkolnik, the private law firm representing many of…Read the article