Wayne Washington is the Palm Beach County government reporter for The Palm Beach Post. He is a veteran reporter of 25 years who recently worked for the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, where he covered state education policy. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Wayne also has worked for ...
Palm Beach County commissioners have selected a team of lawyers to represent the county if it files suit against drug makers and distributors to recoup costs spent battling the opioid epidemic. At the end of an all-day meeting Tuesday, the commissioners selected The Ferraro Law Firm of Miami and a pair of New York City firms, Napoli Skolnik and Stull, Stull and Brody. That team was the only one of three finalists who promised to fully indemnify the county against costs.
After John Sansbury retired as Palm Beach County administrator in 1986, commissioners voted to name the street on which he lived in his honor. Sansburys Way was to be a capstone to his 11-year tenure leading the county’s staff. But Sansbury, 68, isn’t quite done with county government — or, at least, he doesn’t want to be done with it.
With Palm Beach County commissioners poised to consider filing suit against drug makers and manufacturers, important players have emerged opponents of such a move: drug makers and manufacturers. “The misuse and abuse of prescription opioids is a complex public health challenge that requires a collaborative and systemic response that engages all stakeholders,” John Parker, senior vice president of the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, wrote in an email to The Palm Beach Post.
After a protracted debate, commissioners vote 4-2 to hire a team of three firms - Ferrraro Law Firm, Napoli Skolnik and Stull, Stull and Brody - to represent the county if it files suit in the opioid epidemic. Team of law firms said will look to file suit in state court.
Legal teams making their pitches, touting their understanding of the opioid crisis and their legal expertise. Issue of indemnification - making sure county taxpayers won't pay - is a factor in the discussion. Two teams say Florida Bar prohibits full indemnification
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