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County considers drug company lawsuit

WATKINS GLEN--The Schuyler County Legislature voted Monday night to pass a resolution that would authorize the creation of a special counsel agreement to consider the possibility of pursuing a lawsuit against the prescription drug companies.
The special counsel agreement will consider whether it is feasible for the county to bring a class action lawsuit against the manufacturers and distributors of prescription opiates. The decision to pursue this special council agreement was taken after the consideration of similar actions to seek repayment of damages caused by the alleged negligence of these companies in their role in what is being described as an opioid epidemic.
Should the county choose to pursue legal action against the manufacturers and distributors of these prescription drugs, it will come at no additional cost. The county has retained Napoli Shkolnik PLLC and obtained a proposal by the law firm. Under the agreement, there would be no charges to the county except in a case where the counsel was able to retrieve damages on behalf of the county.
The vote Monday night faced little opposition amongst the legislature, with one nay by Barbara Halpin of Catharine. In an earlier meeting Wednesday, Aug. 9, Halpin spoke against the resolution for concern of the individual cost of the lawsuit that the consumer may incur as a result of legal action, as well as on the division of responsibility related to opiate abuse.

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