At the December 12, 2018, meeting, the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 1 in favor of authorizing Marc J. Bern Partners, LLP to file suit against the manufacturers, promoters, and distributors of synthetic prescription Opioid medications on behalf of Newtown Township. The lone “nay” vote was cast by Kyle Davis.
The law firm will handle the entire litigation for a contingent fee of twenty-five percent (25%) of the gross sum recovered, whether by suit or settlement. All costs and disbursements will be paid by Marc J. Bern & Partners, LLP and are reimbursable at the end of the litigation only if the law firm successfully prosecutes this claim on behalf of Newtown Township, and then only out of the proceeds of any recovery or settlement.
Newtown Township will not be responsible for any fees, costs or disbursements in the event that litigation is unsuccessful.
The following video clip documents the discussion before the vote was taken:
The list of defendants includes major drug companies, including Purdue Pharma, which are named as defendants in similar lawsuits filed by other municipalities (read, for example, “Bucks County, Bensalem File Lawsuits Against Opioid Manufacturers in Hopes of Recouping Costs“).
Do You Support Newtown’s Decision to Sue Opioid Manufacturers, Distributors?
John Mack created an online survey to gauge the opinions of local residents regarding this lawsuit. The survey asks: Given what you know about the drug industry’s role in the current opioid overdose epidemic, do you support Newtown’s decision to sue major opioid producers and distributors? This is NOT an official Newtown Township survey.
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