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Drug makers, distributors sued by Louisa County

Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 9:26 am

Louisa County hopes to recover costs associated with the opioid epidemic.

Lawyers for Louisa County filed suit against dozens of drug manufacturers and distributors, accusing them of causing the opioid epidemic.

The lawsuit, filed May 10 in Louisa Circuit Court, cites the high rates of emergency response to drug overdoses, Hepatitis C cases, drug withdrawal among infants and overdose deaths in the county in the past decade.

Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP of Nashville, Tennessee and Kaufman Canoles PC of Norfolk, asked the Louisa County Board of Supervisors last fall to hire them on a contract basis as they pursue legal action in multiple localities. On the same day they filed the Louisa case, they sued the drug companies in Madison and Floyd county courts.

As part of their deal with Louisa County, the lawyers gathered data about the financial cost of opioids in recent years to county government. Sandra Robinson, the county attorney, said in an email that the county is not making the results public at this time due to their relevance to the court case.

The suit asks for at least $50.3 million in compensatory and punitive damages. The county would be obliged to share 25 percent of the winnings with the lawyers if the suit is successful.

(Article by David Holtzman)

This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s May 16, 2019 issue.