Grand Forks County and city officials will meet Tuesday for a second discussion on opioid litigation and a potential effort to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for local damages.
Robbins, Geller, Rudman and Dowd, a California law firm representing cities and counties across the country in lawsuits against opioid companies, will address Grand Forks leaders at 1 p.m, according to City Administrator Todd Feland. Cass County already has enlisted the firm to help in its own respective lawsuit.
In August, Grand Forks officials heard from another law firm-Ferrer, Poirot and Wansbrough, which represents various governmental entities in a multi-district lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies distributing prescription opioids.
"At that meeting, the determination was made for both the city attorney and state's attorney to do some further review," Feland said.
Leaders won't make a decision Tuesday, Feland said, but eventually they'll have to say whether they plan on moving forward and how.
North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem previously has advised other cities against initiating their own lawsuits or joining others. In May, Stenehjem filed a lawsuit against pharmaceutical company Purdue to recover damages on the state's behalf.
Forum News Service reported in August Stenehjem told Cass County's and others' individual lawsuits will complicate the state's larger effort.
Ward County Commissioners agreed with Stenehjem when they declined an invitation to learn more about a potential lawsuit earlier this month, according to the Minot Daily News.