Florida Plans on Suing Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors
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The Attorney General of Florida, Pamela Jo Bondi, says the state of Florida plans to file a lawsuit against the drug companies, according to News Service of Florida. AG Bondi stated that the pharmaceutical industry has influenced nation’s and Florida’s opioid problem. Her office is interviewing outside lawyers to assist with the litigation. She also stressed the importance of the state of Florida filing its own case in order to stop the “bad behavior” of the drug companies. Last week Bondi said that she won’t be joining a multi-state lawsuit coordinated by a federal judge in Ohio.
Below, “Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on efforts to end the opioid epidemic in America.”
“Florida, as the third-largest state in the country, we will be filing our own lawsuit just as we did in the BP oil spill,”referring to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. AG Bondi stated, “Florida deserves the maximum compensation for all of the deaths that have happened in our state.” Florida is currently working with cities, counties, and states that have already filed cases against drug companies. There is no timetable given for the lawsuit.
Since 2011, the opioid crisis has grown. In 2016, 1,390 deaths were caused by fentanyl, 952 deaths by heroin, 723 deaths by oxycodone, and 245 deaths by hydrocodone, according to a Florida House staff analysis.
According to Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach County has already found outside counsel and filed a lawsuit against more than two dozen people and companies, including CVS, Walmart, and Johnson & Johnson. Many other cities and counties have already sued or voted to hire lawyers to do so. Tamp Bay law firms have joined suit. One of the biggest law firms handling opioid lawsuits across the country is the Pensacola-based firm Levin Papantonio, representing more than 350 government agencies suing opioid distributors and manufacturers.
Photographed, gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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