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Friday, April 13, 2018

Opiod lawsuit to progress
District Attorney General James B. Dunn, announced previously that he had filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of the citizens of the four counties in the Fourth Judicial District (Sevier, Cocke, Jefferson, and Grainger counties), against the manufacturers and distributors of opioids. But then State Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III filed a motion asking the judge to block the action. He argued that the judicial districts have no authority to file suit without his approval. Now Slatery has given notice of the withdrawal of his Motion to Intervene. In response Dunn said, “We are very happy to have reached an agreement with the Attorney General regarding his motion to intervene in our efforts. Today’s announcement is a significant victory for our suit, and a strong sign of hope for all those who are fighting to stop the illegal flood of opioids into our home communities.” Dunn says the agreement recognizes the legislative autonomy of Tennessee’s district attorneys general and their right to prosecute on behalf of their judicial district and home counties/cities. He says it also affirms that his office can now move forward with trying the case on behalf of Baby Doe and the many additional infants born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in Northeast Tennessee. “Today’s agreement recognizes that those of us who are elected to represent our individual communities are in the best position to hold the defendants accountable for actions against our citizens and to ensure that any damages received will stay right here at home, where the damage has occurred, and where the financial resources are most needed. We are glad that the Attorney General’s office recognizes this, and we are proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with him in the effort to restore the health and well-being of the many communities devastated by this crisis,” added Dunn.


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