By Courtney Hessler for HD Media
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is among dozens of state attorneys general who asked a federal judge for more time to research if they should have greater power in controlling settlements made by local governments suing drug firms in connection with the opioid crisis.
The move by Morrisey and the other state attorneys general was done to protect states’ interests, they said. However, an attorney representing Cabell County and several other local governments who have sued drug companies criticized Morrisey for joining the other attorneys general, claiming he did so “out of spite.”
The attorneys general filed two letters with a federal court earlier this month that questioned a request by lawyers representing local governments to create a negotiation class. …