Board of Supervisors - Resolutions

Supervisor ARGOTSINGER offered the following Resolution and moved its adoption:




WHEREAS, there is pending the matter of County of Suffolk v. Purdue Pharma L.P., et al., under Index No, 400001/2017 in the Supreme Court, Suffolk County regarding the opioid addiction crisis, in which the County of Fulton is named plaintiff in the action (the “Action”); and

WHEREAS, the Action is against several defendants, including manufacturers of opioids, distributors of opioids and chain pharmacies; and

WHEREAS, the Action alleges several causes of action against defendants Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Janssen Pharmaceutica, Inc. (“J & J”) based on claims that J & J contributed to the opioid epidemic by falsely promoting prescription opioids it manufactured and sold and by falsely promoting the increased use of opioids directly and generally through various “front groups” and failing to implement measures to prevent diversion of prescription opioids in connection with distribution of its products, all of which contributed to a public health crisis in Fulton County; and

WHEREAS, J & J has offered to settle the County of Fulton’s claims against it by paying the sum of between approximately $115,143.21 (Worst Case Scenario Value) and $268,718.38 (Best Case Scenario Value) over ten (10) years to be used for restitution and abatement and agreeing to not manufacture, sell or promote opioids; and

WHEREAS, the Department of Law has approved a settlement agreement and release (“Agreement”) and the Agreement is attached hereto as Exhibit “A”; and

WHEREAS, it is in the best interest of the County of Fulton to resolve this matter with respect to J & J without further litigation and enter into the proposed Agreement as it shall settle all allegations against J & J and avoid protracted litigation; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the execution and delivery on behalf of and in the name of the County of Fulton by the County Executive, or his designee, of the proposed Agreement attached hereto as Exhibit “A” is hereby authorized, and the County Executive, or his designee, is hereby authorized, subject to County Attorney approval, and directed to execute the proposed Agreement in a form substantially similar thereto and execute such other documents as may be necessary and appropriate to effectuate the settlement with J & J; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That this Legislature, being the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) Lead Agency, hereby finds and determines that the adoption of this resolution constitutes a Type II Action pursuant to Section 617.5(c)(26) and (33) of Title 6 of the NEW YORK CODE OF RULES AND REGULATIONS (6NYCRR) and within the meaning of Section 8-0109(2) of the NEW YORK ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION LAW as a promulgation of regulations, rules, policies, procedures, and legislative decisions in connection with continuing agency administration, management, and information collections, and the Fulton County Planning Department is hereby directed to circulate any appropriate SEQRA notices of determination of non-applicability or non-significance in accordance with this resolution; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That certified copies of this Resolution be forwarded to the County Treasurer, County Attorney, Planning Director, NYS Association of Counties, Simmons Hanly Conroy, LLC, Budget Director/County Auditor and Administrative Officer/Clerk of the Board.






Seconded by YOUNG and adopted by the following vote:

TOTAL: Ayes: 17 Nays: 0 Absent: 3 (Supervisor Fagan, Potter and VanDenburgh)