On Monday, Shawnee City Commissioners approved a resolution retaining attorneys in an effort to derail the opioid epidemic.

On Monday, Shawnee City Commissioners approved a resolution retaining attorneys in an effort to derail the opioid epidemic.

According to the resolution, the City of Shawnee has selected the legal team of The West Law Firm, Fulmer Sill, and McAfee & Taft, a Professional Corporation, to serve as counsel in filing a civil suit against opioid manufacturers, distributors and marketers for penalties, damages, injunctive relief and any other remedy available by law.

“Such legal action is essential to protecting the interests of the City of Shawnee and its citizens,” the resolution reads.

City manager Justin Erickson said there is no financial burden to the city regarding this matter. The resolution states payment for any fees would be contingent upon the recovery of penalties, damages, attorney’s fees, and costs.

“Fees shall be paid only from such recovery and no money shall be due or paid from the City of Shawnee’s general fund or any special fund,” the resolution reads.

This decision comes as others in the state also are pursuing a plan of action to address the issue.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter filed a lawsuit against the makers of opioids, making Oklahoma one of at least 13 states that have filed, alleging fraudulent marketing of drugs that fueled the opioid epidemic in a lawsuit filed in June 2017.

Last week U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange sent the lawsuit back to state court after drug makers had it moved to federal court in June.

Watch for updates.