By Josephine Peterson
The Dallas Morning News, Mar. 17, 2023
Red and blue counties are trying to kill a Republican bill that would prevent lawsuits against companies that have caused harm in the community
Counties are sounding the alarm over a Republican bill that would strip away state law that allows them to sue pharmaceutical companies over community costs of their opioids and oil and gas companies over water contamination.
Legislation introduced by Rep. Cody Harris, R-Palestine, would prevent counties from filing “public nuisance action” suits over issues that cause harm to the community.
The current law has been a crucial argument in the opioid settlements that landed counties $1.8 billion. Democratic committee members questioned the need to pass legislation that would upend counties’ future ability to sue such companies.
“Why is it necessary to limit this one avenue or cause of action when it’s obviously most recently used in a very important way that has substantial benefit to the people of Texas?” Rep. Julie Johnson, D- Farmers Branch, asked Harris.
“We’re seeing the slippery slope of public nuisance being used in a way that historically has not been and was not intended,” he replied.
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