Pasco joins lawsuit seeking opioid settlement

Pasco County has joined the national trend for municipalities to fight back against distributors and manufacturers of opioid medications. County commissioners voted to become one of several plaintiffs in litigation that seeks to replicate the kind of payouts attorneys won in the late 1990s against the tobacco industry. Pensacola-based Levin Papantonio will represent Pasco County. The law … [Read more...]

Pasco reviewing lawsuit proposal linked to opioid epidemic

More than 15 years ago, a landmark settlement against tobacco companies netted billions of dollars for plaintiffs who sued over smoking-related illnesses. The nation’s opioid epidemic may be headed in that same direction. And, the Pasco County Commission is mulling a proposal to join a growing number of governments that are seeking to recoup public dollars spent battling opioid … [Read more...]