La Crosse County may a month away from deciding whether to join a nationwide lawsuit against drug companies that sell opioids.
La Crosse’s executive committee is studying whether to join more than 50 other Wisconsin counties seeking damages from ‘Big Pharma.’
Monday night, the board heard its corporation counsel, Megan Devore, warn that a lawsuit could have serious effects on several county departments, including the courts, the jail and nursing homes.
Devore added that the suit being tried in Ohio could take years to complete.
A recommendation on legal action could be brought to the full board at its February meetings. Some board supervisors are urging caution, because no one knows how much the lawsuit would cost or whether the county would get much money in return.
Board chair Tara Johnson claims La Crosse County is being cautious, compared to many other Wisconsin counties, which voted to join the lawsuit without much discussion.
The county board committee has been looking at the pros and cons of the lawsuit for weeks.
About a dozen Wisconsin counties which have not joined the lawsuit yet.