Freeborn County joins others around the state in a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies over the opioid crisis

Freeborn County is joining a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies over America’s opioid crisis.

The Freeborn County Board of Commissioners voted at their meeting Tuesday to instruct County Attorney David Walker to approve the filing of a complaint by the law firms of Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. and Gustafson Gluek P.L.L.C.

Walker signed a retainer agreement with the law firms on December 28, 2017.. The agreement includes a contingency fee, which means any payment to the law firms will come from any amount gained by settlement, trial, or appeal.

County officials stated that they hope to recoup expenses resulting from opioid addiction and receive assistance in responding to the expected future need for services for those suffering due to opioid addiction.

Other Minnesota counties that have joined the lawsuit include Mower, Olmsted, Hennepin, Ramsey, St. Louis, Washington, Carlton, Morrison, and Douglas.