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File #: RS2021-1235    Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 11/5/2021 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 11/16/2021 Final action: 11/16/2021
Title: A resolution authorizing the Metropolitan Government to join the State of Tennessee and other local governments as participants in the Tennessee State-Subdivision Opioid Abatement Agreement and approving the related settlement agreements.
Sponsors: Burkley Allen, Erin Evans
Attachments: 1. RS2021-1235 Exhibit A, 2. RS2021-1235 Letter to Clerk
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A resolution authorizing the Metropolitan Government to join the State of Tennessee and other local governments as participants in the Tennessee State-Subdivision Opioid Abatement Agreement and approving the related settlement agreements.
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WHEREAS, the opioid epidemic continues to impact communities in the United States, the State of Tennessee, and the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County; and,
WHEREAS, the Metropolitan Government has suffered harm and will continue to suffer harm as a result of the opioid epidemic; and,
WHEREAS, the State of Tennessee and some Tennessee local governments, including the Metropolitan Government, have filed lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, distributors, and retailers, including many federal lawsuits by Tennessee counties and cities that are pending in the litigation captioned In re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation, MDL No. 2804 (N.D. Ohio) ("the Opioid Litigation"); and,
WHEREAS, certain pharmaceutical distributors and a manufacturer have proposed settlements that the Metropolitan Government finds acceptable and in the best interest of the community; and,
WHEREAS, the Tennessee legislature enacted Public Chapter No. 491 during the 2021 Regular Session of the 112th Tennessee General Assembly, which was signed into law by Governor Bill Lee on May 24, 2021 and addresses the allocation of funds from certain proposed opioid litigation settlements; and,
WHEREAS, the State of Tennessee, non-litigating counties, and representatives of various local governments involved in the Opioid Litigation have proposed a unified plan for the allocation and use of certain prospective settlement and bankruptcy funds from opioid related litigation ("Settlement Funds"); and,
WHEREAS, the Tennessee State-Subdivision Opioid Abatement Agreement (the "Tennessee Plan"), attached hereto as "Exhibit A," sets forth a framework of a unified plan for the proposed allocation and use of Settlement Funds; and
WHEREAS, ...

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