Bowling Green, KY – On Friday, January 24, 2020, Warren County Kentucky followed the many other governmental bodies which have filed lawsuits against the companies responsible for an opioid epidemic that has ravaged Warren County, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the rest of the nation. A Complaint on behalf of Warren County is to be filed in the United States Federal District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, Bowling Green Division.
View full text of the Complaint at: https://www.hughesandcoleman.com/opioid-attorneys/
Warren County Fiscal Court authorized Judge Executive Michael Buchanon in December to sign an Agreement with four law firms: Hughes and Coleman of Bowling Green, KY, Fears Nachawati of Dallas, TX, Ferrer Poirot Wansbrough of Dallas, TX, as well as the Motley Rice firm of Washington, DC, to attempt to collect damages from the companies involved in manufacturing, selling and distributing opioid drugs that has fueled the opioid addiction crisis.
Lee Coleman of Hughes & Coleman said, “The reason for the lawsuit is simple; the collective actions of the defendants have resulted in a huge financial burden on Warren County, Kentucky, and its citizens, in the form of increased law enforcement costs, healthcare costs, and various other public expenses. The lawsuit names as defendants 29 companies which have each contributed to this healthcare crisis. Some of the defendants are manufacturers of opioids. Other defendants are involved in the distribution and marketing of opioids. Some defendants are the owners of the pharmacies which sell these opioids. Collectively, these defendants are responsible for the marketing and sale of excessive amounts of opioids, and for the resulting opioid epidemic and crisis.”
According to Coleman, “The cause of this crisis is, money and greed. Defendants in this case have made huge profits from the sale and marketing of opioids. Those large profits were only possible because such a huge number of people became addicted to opioids. Defendants in this case created and caused this epidemic. They systematically downplayed the danger of opioid addiction, and they participated in, and often funded, the spread of misinformation about the dangers of opioids.” The various schemes and practices are explained in the Complaint. Interested parties should read the entire Complaint.”
“There have already been some settlements for individual counties. In my estimation, there are going to be many billions of dollars in settlements,” Coleman added. Buchanon said a “large percentage of any money received would be used for addiction and recovery programs. The rest can be used by local governments for the benefit of its citizens.” The county entered into the lawsuits at no cost but with great potential benefit.
Release ID: 88944300