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Fighting back against the opioid epidemic

Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 9:36 am

Attorneys Chap Petersen and Jake Daniel came before the Richmond County Board of Supervisors last week to pitch the idea of the county joining in on a national class action opioid lawsuit.

The lawyers explained that they’re part of a legal consortium of litigators that are seeking to form a class action group in Virginia, an initial step in the process. Once the class is established, their complaint will be consolidated with pending litigation filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Big jurisdictions such as Fairfax, Richmond and Virginia Beach have hired separate counsel and are working on their own individual lawsuits. Smaller rural counties don’t have the resources to go out and and do that. Smaller counties need an economy of scale, said Petersen. And that’s where he and his partner come in.

The attorneys are offering to work on Richmond County’s behalf on a contingency basis. They will front all costs, such as filing fees, deposition costs, expert fees and travel costs, and then take up to 25% of the proceeds from any settlement to cover legal fees and up to 10% to recoup funds spent on costs.

“One of the reasons we’re coming before you is to help you get compensated for the costs you’ve had to undergo related to this opioid epidemic,” the attorneys reiterated throughout their presentation.

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