Lethbridge City Council is affirming its commitment to combatting the effects of the Opioid Crisis by formally providing support to a Class Action Lawsuit filed by the City of Grande Prairie.
The $10-Billion Class Action Lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies was recently filed in the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta by the City of Grande Prairie as representative plaintiff on behalf of all Canadian cities and municipalities that have been affected by the Opioid Crisis.
Council agreed to participate on a contingency fee basis, which is a fee limitation clause to protect the City from any costs, and to explore the possibility of becoming a representative plaintiff in the litigation.
"This is encouraging and exciting news for Alberta," said Mayor Chris Spearman. "We are pleased that steps are being taken to address the financial impact of this crisis on communities. We are looking forward to learning more in the coming weeks and months as this lawsuit moves forward, and how Lethbridge can participate. The City of Lethbridge is fully committed to continuing efforts in combatting the Opioid Crisis."
The lawsuit alleges pharmaceutical companies that manufacture these substances should be held responsible for the increased costs associated with community and social programs relating to the opioid crisis.
The City of Lethbridge is a member of the Class, as Alberta is an opt-out jurisdiction.
Nick Kuhl, Communications Consultant
City of Lethbridge