- By MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press
By MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s governor and attorney general have been unable to reach an agreement on who should handle the state’s lawsuit against opioid manufacturers. So, they’re heading to court.
Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, and Attorney General Jeff Landry, a Republican, both support litigation accusing pharmaceutical companies of worsening opioid abuse in Louisiana.
They’re arguing over control.
The Edwards administration filed a lawsuit in September through the state health department against more than a dozen drug companies. In October, Landry’s office filed a motion seeking to take over the lawsuit, so it can be expanded to cover more agencies.
A court hearing is scheduled Friday in the disagreement over who should be in charge of suing the drug manufacturers.
The dispute is the latest of several clashes between Edwards and Landry.