There’s an interesting wrinkle in Vermont Attorney General’s role in the national lawsuit against opioid manufacturers: he’s including all Vermont cities and towns as plaintiffs, unless they specifically “opt out.” As reported by the online Chester Telegraph, the Windham County town of Londonderry chose to formally “opt-in” to the lawsuit.
“Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan said in a letter to all Vermont towns that they will be included in the suit unless they formally opt out. You can read that letter here.
The Londonderry board decided not to opt out.
Towns have the option of opting out of the state suit and hiring their own attorneys, but while they would receive payment directly, they would still have to pay their attorneys. Or, as Donovan suggested in his letter, they can be represented by the state. Payments then would go to the state legislature, which would make the distributions."