Posted November 13th, 2018.
by Rachel Langlitz
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — Eleven Virginia counties and cities are asking the courts to combine their lawsuits into one, against drug and pharmacy companies for their roles in the crisis.
The cities and counties include: The City of Martinsville, Henry County, Dickenson County, Washington County, Lee County, Giles County, the City of Norton, the City of Galax, Pittsylvania County, Page County, and the City of Alexandria.
“Transfer and consolidation of these cases into one venue is an efficient and practical way to resolve these cases as fairly and as quickly as possible for our clients. Today we have taken an important step towards achieving justice for the citizens of the counties and cities that we are privileged to represent,” said Kevin H. Sharp of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP.
The localities allege drug makers misrepresented the truth about opioids to doctors and patients. They also say distributors are not stopping suspicious orders.
The lawsuits aim to cover costs linked to the opioid crisis, including first responders, foster care and child placement.