Oklahoma Attorney General Warns Oklahoma City Council Against Filing Its Own Opioid Lawsuit

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July 17, 2018

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said the Oklahoma City Council “should consider calling a timeout” on its negotiations to opt out of the state’s lawsuit against opioid manufacturers to file one of its own, The Oklahoman reports.

Attorney General Hunter said the city could be limiting any damages it might receive if it files its own lawsuit because of legal powers granted to the state, not the cities. A member of the state’s legal team said the city would be “making a bad legal decision” by filing its own suit because the city would also be “leaving their fate to a bunch of out-of-state lawyers in Ohio.”

A city vote on a new legal contract could come as soon as July 31.