AMHERST, NY - The Amherst Town Board has hired a legal firm in a lawsuit against manufacturers and distributors of opioid medication.

The lawsuit includes Key Opinion Leaders who, according to the Town of Amherst Board, misled the public into thinking opioids aren't addictive.

Amherst accuses the companies of "deceptive acts and practices by engaging in false advertising [...] whereby resident have been injured," "public nuisance in that Defendants have negligently engaged in conduct or omissions which endanger or injure [...] a considerable number of persons in the Town of Amherst by their production, promotion, and marketing of opioids for use by Amherst residents," "fraud though misrepresentation and omissions of fact materials to Amherst and its residents to induce them to purchase, approve for purchase, administer, and consume opioids," and "unjust enrichment by the Defendants profiting and benefiting from opioid purchases."

The Town Attorney’s Office will file suit on March 6.

Town Attorney Stanley Sliwa says, “After conducting a nationwide search, we determined to hire Napoli Shkolnik, a New York City based plaintiffs’ firm which specializes in mass tort litigation because they have a great deal of experience in handling large-scale pharmaceutical cases [...] Hunter Shkolnik has been designated as one of the lead attorneys in this litigation.”

According to the Town of Amherst, Napoli Shkolnik is working on a contingency basis.