By Alton Mitchell
Chambers County Attorney “Skip” McCoy advised members of the Chambers County Commission on Monday evening that he along with representatives from the Beasley-Allen Law Firm plan to file a federal lawsuit against opioid manufactures and distributors this week in United States Federal Court.
Attorney McCoy was granted a post-contract in late February by the county commission to seek permission to work with the Beasley-Allen firm to begin work on bringing action against Johnson & Johnson and other opioid suppliers in an effort to recover damages for Chambers County following the impacts of opioids on the county.
McCoy states that the suit will be filed in federal court for the Middle District of Alabama. Suits of this type have been growing across the nations in recent years as the opioid crisis has spread. The number of cases is so great that despite being filed in the Middle District of Alabama a larger case will involve multiple jurisdictions and be heard by District Judge Dan Aaron Polster of the Northern District of Ohio in Cleveland.
McCoy states that this suit gives Chambers County a voice in that suit and possibly with the outcome a class-action suit may include cities and towns that do not get in on the suit, but Chambers County gets in on the fight against opioid manufactures from the start. That may signify a greater recovery for the County if the court does find in favor of the plaintiffs