VILLAGE OF ANTWERP, OHIO
Resolution No. 2021-12
AN EMERGENCY RESOLUTION TO ACCEPT THE MATERIAL TERMS OF THE SETTLEMENT WITH THE JANSSEN DISTRIBUTORS PURSUANT TO THE ONE OHIO MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING AND CONSISTENT WITH THE TERMS OF THE JULY 21, 2021 NATIONAL OPIOID SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT
AN EMERGENCY RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING the Mayor of the Village of Antwerp, Ohio to execute the Settlement Participation Form as part of the proposed Settlement Agreement with Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Janssen Pharmaceutica, Inc. (collectively, “Janssen”) pursuant to the OneOhio Memorandum of Understanding regarding the pursuit and use of potential opioid litigation settlement funds and consistent with the material terms of the July 21, 2021 proposed National Opioid Distributor Settlement Agreement available at https://nationalopioidsettlement.com/.
WHEREAS, the Village of Antwerp, Ohio (herein “Municipality”) is a municipal entity formed and organized pursuant to the Constitution and laws of the State of Ohio; and
WHEREAS, the people of the State of Ohio and its communities have been harmed by misfeasance, nonfeasance and malfeasance committed by certain entities within the Opioid Pharmaceutical Supply Chain; and
WHEREAS, the State of Ohio, through its Attorney General, and certain Local Governments, through their elected representatives and counsel, are separately engaged in litigation seeking to hold Opioid Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Participants accountable for the damage caused by their misfeasance, nonfeasance and malfeasance; and
WHEREAS, the State of Ohio, through its Governor and Attorney General, and its Local Governments share a common desire to abate and alleviate the impacts of that misfeasance, nonfeasance and malfeasance throughout the State of Ohio; and
WHEREAS, the State and its Local Governments, subject to completing formal documents effectuating the Parties Agreements, have drafted and Municipality has adopted, and hereby reaffirms its adoption of, a OneOhio Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) relating to the allocation and the use of the proceeds of any potential settlements described; and
WHEREAS, the MOU has been collaboratively drafted to maintain all individual claims while allowing the State and Local Governments to cooperate in exploring all possible means of resolution; and
WHEREAS, the Council understands that an additional purpose of the MOU is to create an effective means of distributing any potential settlement funds obtained under the MOU between the State of Ohio and Local Governments in a manner and means that would promote an effective and meaningful use of the funds in abating the opioid epidemic throughout Ohio, as well as to permit collaboration and explore potentially effectuation earlier resolution of the Opioid Litigation against Opioid Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Participants; and
WHEREAS, nothing in the MOU binds any party to a specific outcome, but rather, any resolution under the MOU requires acceptance by the State of Ohio and the Local Governments; and
WHEREAS a settlement proposal is being presented to the State of Ohio and Local Governments by distributors Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Janssen Pharmaceutica, Inc. (collectively, “Janssen”) to resolve governmental entity claims in the State of Ohio using the structure of the OneOhio MOU and consistent with the material terms of the July 21, 2021 proposed National Opioid Distributor Settlement Agreement; and
WHEREAS, Council wishes to agree to the material terms of the proposed National Opioid Distributor Settlement Agreement with Janssen (the “Proposed Settlement”).
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE VILLAGE OF ANTWERP, OHIO:
Section 1. That the Mayor is authorized to accept the Proposed Settlement on behalf of the Village of Antwerp, Ohio, with Janssen pursuant to the terms of the OneOhio MOU, and to execute the Settlement Participation Form in regard to said settlement.
Section 2. That it is found and determined that all formal actions of the Council relating to the adoption of this resolution were adopted in an open meeting of this Council, and that all deliberations of this Council and any of its committees that resulted in such formal action, were in meetings open to the public, in compliance with all legal requirements.
Section 3. This Resolution is hereby declared to be an emergency measure, necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health, welfare and safety of the Municipality and its residents. The reason for the emergency is to ensure prompt pursuit of funds to assist in abating the opioid epidemic throughout Ohio, and this Resolution shall be in full force and effect immediately after its passage; otherwise, it shall take effect and be in force after the earliest period allowed by law.
PASSED THIS _________ day of December, 2021.
Jan Reeb, Mayor
Aimee Lichty, Fiscal Officer