Lebanon city council split in joining lawsuit against drug companies

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Lebanon city council split in joining lawsuit against drug companies

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Doug Shope was one of two Lebanon council members who voted against joining multi-district litigation opioid makers and distributors.

The Lebanon City Council voted 4-2 on Tuesday to join other local governments, including Dayton, and seven states in a “multi-district litigation” claiming drug manufacturers and distributors have contributed to the deadly national opioid epidemic.

Lebanon and Dayton are among local governments in Alabama, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Washington and West Virginia bringing public nuisance lawsuits against drug companies, all of which are to be handled by Judge Dan Polster of U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio.

Lebanon Councilman Doug Shope joined Councilwoman Wendy Monroe in voting against the resolution authorizing the city to contract with Columbus lawyer to David J. Butler to bring Lebanon’s lawsuit designed to win a settlement helping the city pay for the costs of delaying with overdoses and other aspects of the epidemic.

“I don’t think this is the right tool to fix it,” Shope said.

Mayor Amy Brewer and council members Krista Wyatt, Jeff Aylor and Jim Dearie voted to join the legal action.

“What really galls me is they are making tons of money off of it,” Dearie said.

Councilman Mark Messer was absent.

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