A lawsuit between a small southern Colorado county and pharmaceutical giants might grow much bigger.
Huerfano County, population just over 6,400, has sued several pharmaceutical companies and subsidiaries with claims that the companies are responsible for the widespread opioid addiction in the county due to misleading marketing practices. Several other states and cities have filed similar lawsuits, including New York City, Philadelphia and Delaware. Stephen Ochs, one attorney representing Huerfano County, said the various lawsuits are expected to be consolidated in federal court in the Southern District of Ohio within 60 days.
“It’s just a more efficient way to obtain the same damages,” he said.
Ochs said federal jurisdiction and less limited damages to claim drove the choice for the county to bring the lawsuit on behalf of its residents, rather than the residents filing suit themselves.