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KCMO considers law firms to help recoup costs from opioid epidemic

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Posted at 1:29 PM, Apr 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-02 14:29:14-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City, Mo. City Council is considering using a team of attorneys to help it recoup costs associated with fighting the opioid epidemic.

On Thursday, the council will have a final reading for an ordinance that will engage a legal team of Simmons, Hanly and Conroy, and local firms Williams, Dirks and Dameron and Hardwick Law Firm to seek damages from opioid manufacturers and distributors for what the city describes as “unlawful acts.”

The ordinance spells out that the legal team would only be paid if the city recovers damages.

If the ordinance passes, Kansas City would join a growing list of cities across the nation seeking legal resource against opioid manufacturers and distributors.

President Trump has also indicated possible support for legal action.