Imperial County Joins National, Statewide Fight Against Opioid Epidemic
The County of Imperial took an important step in the fight against the national and statewide opioid crisis. The Imperial County Board of Supervisors has retained the national law firm of Baron & Budd and a joint venture of law firms to initiate litigation against manufacturers and distributors responsible for the opioid epidemic across the country and in Imperial County.
Imperial County joins a consortium of several dozen California Counties that are working together to take a stand for communities and counties that represent approximately nine million California residents. The intended legal action will include a taxpayer and cost recovery action in addition to equitable relief to help mitigate and prevent current and future problems.
"Imperial County is committed to recovering taxpayer funds used in response to the opioid epidemic," says Imperial County Board of Supervisor and Chairman of the Board Ray Castillo. "Local government services have subsidized the impact of the opioid epidemic, which we feel must stop."
The California county consortium and its counsel have developed evidence that many of the nation's largest drug manufacturers pushed highly addictive, dangerous opioids - deliberately misinforming doctors by claiming that patients using the drugs rarely experience addiction. The expected manufacturer Defendants include Purdue Pharma; Teva Ltd. (which acquired pharmaceutical maker Cephalon, Inc. in 2011); Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson); Endo Health Solutions, Inc.; Allegan PLC; and OxyContin, Actiq, Fentora, Duragesic, Nucynta, Nucynta ER, Opana/Opana ER, Percodan, Percocet, Zydone, Kadian and Norco.
The consortium will also seek recovery from three of the nation's largest drug distributors - Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen, and McKesson Corp. - which failed to monitor, identify and report suspicious activity in the size and frequency of opioid shipments to pharmacies, in violation of the federal Controlled Substance Act.
The County's entire legal team includes the law firms of Baron & Budd; Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor; Powell & Majestro; Greene Ketchum Bailey Ferrell & Tweel; Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler; McHugh Fuller Law Group. The firms currently reprsent over 300 cities and counties throughout the United States. Baron & Budd serves as lead counsel to approximately 80 percent of the municipalities that have filed suit against pharmaceutical distributors for opioid-related claims.
For more information, please contact John Fiske at Fiske@BaronBudd.com or at (619) 261-4090.