Newtown Township Sues Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

Newtown Township Sues Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

Newtown joins many other states, cities, and towns in the current “wave” of opioid litigation. Source: Bloomberg BNA

At the December 12, 2018 BOS Definition meeting, Chairman Phil Calabro and fellow Democrats John Mack, Linda Bobrin and Dennis Fisher, voted to approve hiring the New York City-based law firm of Marc J. Bern & Partners, LLP to file a civil suit in Bucks County Common Pleas Court against several opioid drug manufacturers and distributors.

“There is no single ‘magic bullet’ that will solve this problem,” said John Mack, “but putting pressure on drug companies through legal suits such as this one can help call attention to some of the bad players, some of whom are mentioned in this lawsuit.”

If the Township were to get some money out of this, small as it might be, the sentiment of the Board was that the funds be used to support opioid anti-addiction programs and implement educational programs for the general public.

The following video clip documents the discussion before the vote was taken:


[This post is an edited version of a post by John Mack. Find the original post here.]

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  1. SURVEY: Do You Support Newtown’s Decision to Sue Opioid Manufacturers, Distributors?

    Newtown Township filed a civil law suit against the manufacturers, promoters, and distributors of prescription Opioid medications. The Township will not be charged any attorney fees for filing the action, and the law firm handling the case will collect a fee on a contingency basis of 25%. That is, 25% of any fees awarded to Newtown will be retained by the law firm and 75% will go to Newtown.

    Take this survey to test your knowledge of statistics regarding opioids and the opioid epidemic, then answer the question: Do You Support Newtown’s Decision to File a Civil Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers?

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    This survey is NOT an official Newtown Township survey.

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