At their September 11 council meeting, the Midwest City Council adopted a resolution and approved a contract to address the opioid epidemic. The contract with McAfee & Taft, PC and Fulmer Sill, PLLC, would allow the city to protect the interests of the city and its citizens.
According to the resolution, “pharmaceutical opioids have harmed the city and its citizens. The harm was created and exacerbated by the misconduct and illegal activities of opioid manufacturers, distributors, and potentially other third parties.”
The contract provides that the law firms would serve as legal counsel to prosecute the matter working under the oversight and approval of the City. The outside legal firms are authorized to sue pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors and others regarded as responsible for the addiction crisis.
All fees paid to the counsel would be contingent on any recovery of penalties and paid only from the recovery of penalties or damages. No funds would be paid from the city’s general fund or any special fund.
Midwest City joins other cities such as Oklahoma City, Lawton, Broken Arrow, Enid, Ponca City, Shawnee, Yukon, Burns Flat, and Fort Cobb that have also entered into similar contracts to pursue civil legal action to protect the interests of their citizens.