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August 12, 2021

Pennsylvania DA Sues PA AG Over Opioid Settlement

Allegheny County Pennsylvania District Attorney, Stephen Zappla, Jr., is suing the Pennsylvania Attorney General in an attempt to halt the opioid settlement agreement reached between the Attorney General and the three major pharmaceutical companies. Zappla’s complaint, filed August 5, alleges that Attorney General Josh Shapiro is improperly seeking to release opioid claims filed by Zappla’s office in a February lawsuit and that both offices have co-equal authority under the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law. Zappla further alleges that the settlement provides no guaranteed money to Allegheny County; that the amount the county will receive is not adequate to cover the vast loss of life and damage caused by the opioid epidemic; and that Shapiro does not have the authority to reach such an agreement on Allegheny County’s behalf.