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New Business   Item #: D.
Consideration of Approval of Memorandum of Agreement
W. Clarke Whitfield, Jr.
Business Meeting: 08/17/2021
In order to advance their common interests, the City and the Commonwealth of Virginia, through counsel, have extensively negotiated the terms of the Virginia Abatement Fund and Settlement Allocation Memorandum of Understanding relating to the allocation and use of any litigation recoveries. The City’s outside opioid litigation counsel has recommended that the City approve the proposed memorandum of understanding, the City Attorney has reviewed the available information about the proposed memorandum of understanding and concurs with the recommendation of outside counsel.
The City of Danville and the Commonwealth of Virginia share a common desire to abate and alleviate the impacts of the Opioid Addiction Epidemic and to maximize litigation recoveries from those third parties responsible for same. Therefore, the City of Danville and the Commonwealth of Virginia, through the Office of the Attorney General, are separately engaged in litigation seeking to recover costs incurred and to be incurred in abating the opioid addiction epidemic that plagues Virginia communities.
It is recommended that City Council approve the attached resolution authorizing and approving the Virginia Abatement Fund and Settlement Allocation Memorandum of Understanding, attached, and to direct the City Attorney to execute and enter into such Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the City of Danville, Virginia.
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