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CL- 2043 New Business   Item #:   D.    
City Council Regular Meeting
Meeting Date: 12/18/2018  
Subject:    Retention of Outside Legal Counsel
From: W. Clarke Whitfield, Jr.

COUNCIL ACTION
Business Meeting:     12/18/2018
SUMMARY
It is the opinion of the City Attorney that outside legal counsel needs to be employed to pursue all civil remedies against those in the chain of manufacture and distribution of prescription opiates responsible for the opioid epidemic, which is plaguing the City of Danville. The City Attorney recommends that the City of Danville employ James C. Peterson, Esquire of the law firm Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler, PLLC, who shall serve as Lead Counsel in this litigation. Mr. Peterson will associate additional counsel to assist in the just prosecution of the case including the Yanceyville, North Carolina law firm of Daniel Thomas Attorneys at Law and the Danville law firm of Williams, Morrison, Light & Moreau who will be our direct local representatives.
BACKGROUND
There exists a serious public health and safety crisis involving opioid abuse, addiction, morbidity, and mortality in Danville. The opioid crisis is having an extended and far-reaching impact of the general public, health, and safety, of residents and citizens of Danville and must be abated.
RECOMMENDATION
It is recommended that City Council adopt the attached resolution approving the attached Engagement to Represent Agreement and authorizing the City Attorney, on behalf of the City of Danville, to sign the Agreement and to employ, James C. Peterson, Esquire, of the law firm Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler, PLLC, who will act as Lead Counsel, along with associate counsel including the Yanceyville, North Carolina law firm of Daniel Thomas Attorneys at Law and the Danville law firm of Williams, Morrison, Light & Moreau to pursue all civil remedies, against those in the chain of manufacture and distribution of prescription opiates responsible for the opioid epidemic which is plaguing the City of Danville.

Attachments
Resolution
Engagement to Represent Attachment

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