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County Commission Hires Special Counsel to Fight Opioid Drug Companies

05/09/2018

The County Commission approved an agreement to engage special counsel to investigate and initiate possible litigation against opioid drug manufacturing companies throughout the United States.

A professional services agreement with Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias and Ward and Phipps Anderson Deacon will be signed as part of a local effort to hold drug companies responsible for deceptive marketing and trade practices.

The county litigation seeks to recover losses, including but not limited to, medical costs associated with opioid treatment, drug intervention costs, loss of life or injury, and law enforcement and public health costs.

“Bernalillo County joins local governments across the United States in holding pharmaceutical companies accountable for their irresponsible marketing of opioids that has had tragic consequences here in our community,” says County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins. “This litigation seeks to recover the financial costs to the county and drive change in marketing practices.”

More than 400 lawsuits have already been filed nationally but Bernalillo County is one of the first local agencies to begin litigation proceedings.

The measure was approved by a unanimous commission vote.

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