North Dakota County Joins National Opioid Lawsuit

On Tuesday night, the Williams County Commission voted unanimously to join other North Dakota counties in a lawsuit coordinated by Fears Nachawati and a number of other law firms and aimed at drug manufacturers and distributors responsible for the nationwide opioid epidemic. Ahead of the vote, the firm was on hand to brief the commissioners on the rising number of opioid overdoses in Williams County and across the nation. The county’s decision to join the lawsuit wasn’t an easy one. North Dakota has filed its own lawsuit and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem had previously advised Williams County against joining the nationwide suit. That would have made the county reliant on the state to allocate any damages it collected, a factor which played a role in the county’s decision. The lawsuit Williams County has agreed to join is different from the state’s in that, rather than target a single company, it names pharmaceutical and pharmacy companies, as well as…

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