Marietta readying possible opioid lawsuits

Opioid litigation has been authorized by the Marietta City Council.

Mayor Steve Tumlin and the City Council now may pursue legal action against opioid manufacturers, distributors and others “as are necessary, either by itself or in concert with others, and to the full extent available under the law,” according to their Oct. 10 decision.

In a separate motion, the Council agreed to retain J. Anderson Davis and his law firm Brinson, Askew, Berry, Seigler, Richardson & Davis, LLP and its lawyers - based in Rome - for opioid litigation.

The attorneys will be asked “to investigate, research and prepare claims or complaint(s) to file in any appropriate Court or before any appropriate governmental agency as it relates to opioid litigation.”

With the national increase in opioid overdoses, more jurisdictions, including Cobb County, are joining resources to file a national lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and pharmacies.

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Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds informed the Cobb County Board of Commissioners this month, “In 2017, Cobb County led the state and other larger counties in the reported number of opioid overdose deaths and saw a 49 percent increase in deaths associated with opioid use over the past two years.”


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