Pam Bondi says Florida will file opioid lawsuit
Then-Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi gestures as he speaks to supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a rally Saturday, June 11, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Pam Bondi

Attorney General Pam Bondi said this week Florida plans to file a lawsuit against drug companies because of the opioid epidemic that has led to overdose deaths across the state.

Bondi, who contends the pharmaceutical industry shares some of the blame for the problems, said her office is interviewing outside lawyers to assist in the litigation. While other lawsuits have been filed against the industry, Bondi said it is important that Florida file its own case to try to stop what she calls “bad behavior” by drug companies.

“Florida, as the third-largest state in the country, we will be filing our own lawsuit just as we did in the BP oil spill,” Bondi said, referring to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. “Florida deserves the maximum compensation for all of the deaths that have happened in our state.”

Bondi did not give a timetable for filing the suit and said Florida is working with cities, counties and states that have already filed cases against drug companies.

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  • Tammy Eittson

    April 6, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    Your a freaking Joke! Wheres thats money going to go if you settle a lawsuit? Doubt the addicts will see any of it! Florida is a joke, Can’t even get our unclaimed money back!!

  • Charles Ankner

    April 7, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    For my niece – too little way too late. Justice for NIA LEE ANKNER ™…

    I am rather sure you’ve never read anything like this before. And, it’s not even the complete story… the past and future unfold before us. All of us…

    Nia’s funeral expenses were $15,000, and her ten day hospital stay where she subsequently died was over $300,000. Guess who gets that bill… we do, her surviving family.

    “Your daughter is dead, we’re not going to investigate, get your crap off our island, and here’s the tab. Have a nice day.” Let that sink in next time you want to visit the beach there… #PBPDFail

    Update: Turns out according to the FDLE (Case No. MI-48-3351), the woman Nia was with did not contact third parties as we suspected; she called 911. Although Town of Palm Beach Police and Palm Beach Fire Rescue claimed several times to have arrived on scene within two-to-three minutes of being notified (we think they do protest too much) – audio and video evidence proves a twenty-to-thirty minute delay. During either that intentional, perverse, and/or grossly negligent Governmental delay in response and care – Nia suffocated to death.

    Besides refusing to investigate Nia’s death as an opiate related homicide as required by Florida Law (until we dragged them before a Judge) – Town of Palm Beach Police and Fire Rescue delayed response to an emergency/crime scene for twenty-to-thirty minutes – with stationed and/or patrolling emergency personal less than five minutes away – proximately causing Nia’s death. So, if you plan on visiting the Town of Palm Beach – bring your own Police and Fire Rescue…your life may depend on it – or your child’s life.

    The motivation for the Town of Palm Beach treating our family in such an outrageous manner is becoming much clearer- to conceal either the incompetence, negligence, or criminality of the Town of Palm Beach Police Department and Fire Rescue Personnel – Sworn Officers. As we’ve stated – the Town of Palm Beach’s effective policy on such things is rather self-evident; and Officer Giselle Bido summed it up well. She’s an award winning Palm Beach Police Officer who chimed in for the Department on social media. Officer Bido has since removed the posting, as well as her entire Facebook page.

    “Giselle Bido Palm Beach Police did not let a murderer walk away free. There is NO PROOF or EVIDENCE of this woman poisoning someone or purposely not calling police for 20 minutes to come help the woman. There is also no Probable Cause to arrest her because there is no proof or evidence. You can not arrest someone on circumstantial evidence, that’s why this woman was not arrested. And you can not make an arrest without concrete evidence or a confession, not just because you are grieving and in pain and want someone to pay.

    The woman who died overdosed, the only woman responsible for her death is herself. She chose to take drugs. Stop putting the blame on everyone for that woman’s irresponsible choices. And btw, it’s NOT murder when a drug addict overdoses. Get your facts straight before you go slandering people and the police for something you obviously know nothing about.”

    Since then, Officer Bido has been scouring the rough streets of Palm Beach arresting addicts – and without the evidentiary pointer of wrong doing of finding a young woman in the throws of death in her car. In light of the arrest of Christopher Ryan Champion of Lake Worth six-months after Nia’s homicide; how can the Palm Beach Police claim no crime was committed related to Nia’s death? And then attempt to sweep a woman’s homicide in their jurisdiction under the rug?! Our and many billionaire’s tax dollars at work.

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