Bexar County snubs proposed opioid settlement
By David Yates
SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County, which hopes to reap $1 billion in damages from its opioid lawsuit, would rather take its chances in court than receive around $7 million from a statewide settlement.
On May 28, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced a coordinated bipartisan agreement with county leaders from around the state regarding the way Texas will direct future settlement money to people most impacted from the opioid epidemic.
Texas is one of the lead states currently negotiating financial settlements with the nation’s largest companies in the opioid supply chain.
The state is expected to receive around $1.5 billion through the national settlement.
On June 2, the Bexar County Commissioners Court declined to endorse Paxton’s proposed settlement.
Bexar County is a possible target for a bellwether trial.
The county is represented in part by San Antonio lawyers Mikal Watts and Martin Phipps.