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November 21, 2019
Lohr told radio why he contacted opposing
side in opioid verdict settlement talks
Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a revisit to an August note here about Fayette
County Commissioner Dave Lohr initiating contact with the big pharmaceutical
companies deep in settlement talks with paid lawyers handling negotiations in the
Three months ago, we asked the commissioner to explain why he reached out to the
pharmaceutical companies and called Lohr's contact to the opposing side in the
lawsuit his goofiest move yet. We called it a reckless act for which there was no good,
In a nutshell, we in August felt his contact could have been a foolish, desperate
attempt to get a settlement possibly for less money, if settled sooner, to cover his non
budgeted spending mess with the county property tax sale revenue.
Apparently, Rants&Raves may have been dead wrong.
Hearing Lohr yesterday touch on this issue on the radio* did nothing to change our
Lohr said yesterday that he does not want to alienate the pharmaceutical companies
and wants to invite them to help Fay solve or get through its opioid problems.
RANTS because we really do not make this stuff up! (21 Nov 19)
*discussed in the final minutes of WMBS programming heard at this link:
August 29, 2019
Why, God, why???
Lohr contacted opposing
side in national opioid
Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a note of disbelief,
reading that in the midst of the big pharmaceutical
companies settling up lawsuits for the wrecking of
municipal budgets dealing with an opioid plague, that
Fayette County Commissioner Dave Lohr -- in what
seems to be his goofiest yet motion -- reportedly,
bypassed the lawyers handling this suit, and contacted
the big pharmaceutical companies directly himself to
settle the suit after it was filed.
RANTS that we seem to have such a reckless
commissioner. There seems to be no good, sound
explanation to sign on to a suit with other plaintiffs and
then contact the other side to settle it.
RANTS, too, that Commissioner Angela Zimmerlink
commented only so much on the Trib's webpage, but
kept us hanging as to what exactly Lohr wanted to relay
to the companies settling up through lawyers and how
he went about approaching the county's opposition in a
lawsuit. She needs to tell us more.
Too, we'll seek Lohr's reasoning for thinking he's
qualified enough, smart enough and special enough to
have contacted the opposition in a major lawsuit to try
to settle it.
Rants&Raves, too, will ask the Pittsburgh law firm
handling the regional piece of the suit against the
pharmaceutical company, if Lohr had been asked to
contact the opposition in their suit.
Shame on Lohr if he reached out to the pharmaceutical
company to barter the settlement down for a desperate,
quicker pay out, for instance, to cover his non budgeted
spending mess with the county property tax sale
More to come on this...
J.D. Toye <email@example.com>
Aug 30 at 6:16 AM
Good morning, Dave,
Would you please comment why you contacted the opposing
side in the huge pharmaceutical suit to try to settle it after
the county joined in on the regional piece of the suit being
handled by lawyers from Peirce&Associates?
Did Robt Peirce ask for your assistance or expertise in
helping settle the suit? Did any other commissioner suggest
you contact the other side in the law suit to try to expedite
Please comment back, as my readers are so interested in
Also, what plans do you have to spend any verdict
settlement money that the county will receive?