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Travis County suing opioid makers and sellers
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Travis County Commissioners move forward on a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors.
Dozens of Texas counties are pursuing similar legal action for the reasons that Austin attorney Dan Richards says he's glad Travis County is authorizing. "Because I think the claims that you have for the amount of money that you have spent for criminal justice and a variety of other costs related to opioid abuse; and to the advertising and basically fraudulent claims made by the manufacturer is significant. It would be significant money for the county." The suit alleges misconduct and illegal action on the part of opioid makers and marketers.
Dan Richards, who should be retained to handle the case, says he's partnered with the premiere anti-opioid attorney in the country, Paul Handley. "No other law firm in the country has that information except for Mr. Handley. And his institutional knowledge of this litigation and the claims and liability facts are unparalleled. And i don't think that's in dispute."
At least two dozen other Texas counties are pursuing similar legal action to recover losses from the opioid epidemic.