Contact: Chris Winebrenner

Westminster, MD, Tuesday, July 30, 2019 – The Carroll County Board of Commissioners (BOC) filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers and distributors of opioids in Carroll County Circuit Court last week.

The County is seeking a return of taxpayer dollars associated with the efforts to combat the opioid crisis, funds to pay for future programs and research, and other relief to support residents. Carroll County has suffered as a result of this epidemic with more than 2,300 opioid-related overdoses between 2012 and the first half of 2019. Over 260 of those overdoses were fatal.

Carroll County has retained, at no expense to the County or its taxpayers, a coalition of law firms to prosecute this action on its behalf.  The litigation will be led locally by the Maryland firm of Shapiro Sher.  Lead trial counsel will be the litigation firm of Theodora Oringher PC.

The County filed in Carroll County Circuit Court, rather than the federal court in Cleveland, OH, because the case is rooted in Maryland state law and because it is important that a Maryland jury and judge decide the facts that are unique to Carroll County.  

A link to the filing may be accessed here.

The County and its residents are aware of the numerous steps undertaken to mitigate the impacts of the opioid crisis.  But while making great strides, it has also suffered a significant financial burden in the form of increased health and crime costs, as well as losses in productivity.  This lawsuit seeks to get relief directly from those who created this crisis and to ease the burden shouldered by the County and its taxpayers due to the malfeasance of the opioid manufacturers and distributors.