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In The News: City of Logan Files Suit against Manufacturers and Distributors of Opioids

Logan, West Virginia. March 27, 2018- In the heart of West Virginia, which has become “ground zero” in the nation’s opioid crisis, the City of Logan has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers and distributors of opioids responsible for flooding the market with pills spawning a nationwide crisis. The suit was filed to hold these out-of-state entities accountable for providing false and misleading information to doctors and patients about the safety and efficacy of prescription opioids over approximately the last 20 years and for ignoring federal rules requiring reporting of opioid distribution numbers. No state in the nation has been hit harder by this crisis than West Virginia. The City of Logan joins other municipalities, counties and states across the country holding opioid distributors and manufacturers liable for the harms they have inflicted on its community and the financial burden this epidemic has caused.

Serafino Nolletti, Mayor of the City of Logan, stated that “It is difficult to see the grip that this epidemic has on the people of our area, good people, it doesn’t discriminate. It is time that steps are taken in the right direction to combat this serious problem. Our Police Department has a heartbreaking responsibility to respond to this issue daily. Sometimes, our officers have to deliver news that no parent ever wants to hear of the death and destruction it has caused. It is difficult for our small town. We all know each other. We have lost entirely too many. The city of Logan is a great place to live and raise a family; therefore, we must do everything against this poison that is in our area and many others. We will never stop fighting to make our area the best it can be."

The lawsuit seeks damages to remedy the impact of the opioid crisis on the City of Logan. The city has suffered significant damages. For example, the cities’ police, fire, and emergency service workers responding to opioid related health crisis’s including overdose and pickup and disposal of used needles routinely.

Opioid-related crimes have soared. Prior to the influx of opioid pills to the area, opioids were rarely seized by the police department. Today, the Police Department routinely finds large amounts of pills and heroin in drug busts, and has had to devote many resources to the police force to combat this influx of drug activity.

The suit is styled The City of Logan, West Virginia v. Amerisourceberger et al, Civil Action No. 2:18-cv-00434, and has been filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia at Charleston, WV. The City of Logan is represented in the suit by Rusty Webb, The Webb Law Centre, PLLC, of Charleston, WV; and John Hurst, of Motley Rice LLC, of Charleston, SC.

Rusty Webb is a personal injury and class action lawyer with 30 years of experience helping clients throughout West Virginia.

For additional information you may contact Mayor, Serafino Nolletti at 304-752-4044 or Rusty Webb at The Webb Law Firm, PLLC, 716 Lee Street, East, Charleston, West Virginia 25301; by e-mail at rusty@rustywebb.com.


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