Manatee County Joining Local Gov’ts Suing in Opioid Crisis

March 22, 2018

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 to choose an outside law firm and file a lawsuit in either circuit or federal court against one or several opioid manufacturers and distributors. They also agreed to a 25 percent contingency fee.

The first candidate is made up of New York-based firms Napoli Shkolnik and Stull Stull & Brody, as well as Branstetter Stranch & Jennings from
Nashville, Ventura Law from Danbury, Conn., and Tampa-based Trenam Law.

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