The Payne County Board of Commissioners are getting several requests from law firms to be the county's legal representative as the Attorney General's office pursues legal action against opioid manufactures. The Commissioners will use a meeting in late July for the respective firms to give their pitch to the Board. Each will be given a window of three to five minutes.
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has been awarded a May 2019 trial date against drug manufacturers. Hunter filed the lawsuit in June 2017, which was met with motions to dismiss before Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman ruled the case could continue. Hunter is suing four of the country's largest manufacturers of opioids, hoping to secure billions of dollars that could potentially end up in a trust used to treat addiction.
“The state’s case is solid and our team is prepared to hold these companies accountable for their role in the deadliest drug epidemic the state and nation have ever seen,” Hunter said in January.
Around the county:
• Monday's brief commissioners meeting centered largely on a contractual agreement. The board passed its annual agreement with the Department of Corrections. It's a standard contract the seldom changes year-to-year.
• The Commissioners also heard a bid opening for one-year service contracts for District 2.