Local Cleveland News reported on a groundbreaking lawsuit where a victim of the deadly Fentanyl crisis sued a Mexican Cartel Drug maker and won.
CLEVELAND, Ohio -On Wednesday, it was announced a Summit County judge ruled in favor of the Rauh family, who’s son died of a fentanyl overdose in 2015, and ordered a Chinese cartel to pay $18 million.
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Thomas “Tommy” Rauh became addicted to prescription opioids after a rollerblading accident, which then led to him using heroin.
According to his father James Rauh, Tommy tried to overcome the addiction but took a fatal dose in 2015, laced with fentanyl.
The fentanyl that killed Tommy was traced to, and produced by, the Zheng drug trafficking cartel in China.
“Our son Tommy was stolen from us,” Rauh said. “He never stood a chance against the incredibly potent poison provided by the Zhengs. All for what? The reckless and malicious greed of the Zheng cartel. To save American lives, we must stop the foreign manufacturers and traffickers of illegal fentanyl and hold them accountable.”
The judgement awarded the family $15 million for the wrongful death claim, $1 million for the survivorship claim and $2 million for punitive damages.
That judgement is the maximum allowed under Ohio law although Magistrate Judge Kandi S. O’Connor indicated that it was inadequate.
“The Court further finds that the Defendants acted with conscious disregard and malice for their actions in relation to the wrongful death of Rauh,” Judge Michael wrote.
The order to pay the $18 million was signed by Summit County Judge Kathryn Michael.
Whether the Zheng cartel will ever actually pay the $18 million, bases in communist China, remains to be seen.
James Rauh used his son’s death to drive change and accountability in the fentanyl crisis by creating Families Against Fentanyl.
At the same the news of the lawsuit broke, government officials in New York from the Democrat Party are slamming Democrat POTUS Joe Biden for his open border policies which are filling up New York City and adding many burdens to the already trouble city.
Democrat rep Jamaal Bowman lashed out at Biden in front of cameras recently and showed his frustration.