11/15/17 – The Dodge County Board agreed Tuesday to join a class action lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry. The Wisconsin Counties Association is partnering with the von Briesen and Roper law firm and has enlisted around two dozen other counties in the state, including Columbia and Fond du Lac counties. The decision by the county board passed with one dissenting vote from Supervisor David Guckenberger who says going after the drug companies will have negative ramifications for the county. He says the county will get less research from manufactures and increased prices as a result. The five lawsuits filed by 28 Wisconsin counties last week stated that the health and law enforcement services of local governments “have been strained to the breaking point” because of widespread opioid abuse. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages from Purdue Pharma, Johnson and Johnson, Endo Health Solutions, Incorporated and subsidiaries of the companies. Dodge County Corporation Council Kim Nass says once the letter of agreement is signed, which should be in the next month, the county will be named as a plaintiff.