WEST FRANKFORT – The City of West Frankfort will pursue a class action lawsuit to tackle the opioid epidemic in the city.
At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, leaders called the epidemic a “public nuisance” and a serious public health and safety crisis for residents. A resolution was approved to pursue the class action lawsuit and retain the firms of Howerton, Dorris, Stone & Lambert and Goldenberg, Heller & Antognoli, P.C. as special counsel pursuant to the Illinois Rules of Professional Responsibility, on a contingent fee basis, to pursue all civil remedies against those in the chain of distribution of prescription opiates responsible for the opioid epidemic plaguing the city.
In other business, the council appointed Lucas Lingle and Josh Tharp as paid-on-call volunteer firefighters at the West Frankfort Fire Department, appointed Police Chief John Prudent to the 911 Board, and hired Ronnie Russell as a police officer from the city’s eligibility list. Russell will begin attending the police academy March 6.