La Crosse County still looking into joining statewide opioid lawsuits

Officials looking at costs of joining

La Crosse County officials have not yet decided whether they will join a growing number of Wisconsin counties suing opioid manufacturers.

County leaders discussed the lawsuit during this morning’s Executive Committee meeting, saying there is too much they do not know about the lawsuit. They were also concerned about what their next steps would be.

The Executive Committee wants to determine how many resources would need to be committed to the lawsuit before making a final decision.

“You know, the people power needed to go through the discovery process to find all of the cases, to do the redacting of information that is sensitive. So it’s a very complex idea to consider,” said La Crosse County Board of Supervisors Chair Tara Johnson.

48 out of Wisconsin’s 72 counties have filed lawsuits against opioid manufacturers.