Alpena Commissioners Join Big Pharma Lawsuit
Thu, 01 Mar 2018 06:01:35 EST

Alpena County Commissioners have decided to join in on a lawsuit that takes major pharmaceutical manufacturers to task.

As previously reported, a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of numerous cities and counties across Michigan demands pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies need to be held responsible for their role in the record level of opioid drug use, deaths and cost to local and county governments.

The suit alleges racketeering, aggressive over promotion and fraudulent claims regarding the safety of prescription opioid's, resulting in soaring profits, amounting to billions of dollars. It seeks reimbursement for health care, mental care, employee and police staff time, among other related expenses.

Traverse City Attorney Tim Smith of Smith & Johnson, Attorneys, P.C. had explained it is not a class action, but participants are treated individually and make decisions, with payment on a contingency basis. The county would have no expenses, but be awarded damages accordingly if the suit were successful minus legal expenses.

The cases are being heard through an Ohio Federal Court, in front of a judge who was a former Federal District Attorney that handled a lot of white collar and anti trust crimes.

Numerous other municipalities in the region and state have joined on, and more are considering their involvement.


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