Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry filed documents this week to try to take control of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ lawsuit alleging big pharma owes the state money related to the costs of addictive opioid painkillers. According to the Advocate, Landry is seeking to expand the lawsuit and enlist the services of Mike Moore, a former Mississippi AG who successfully sued big tobacco in the 90s, resulting in a multi-billion dollar judgment. If Landry’s effort is successful, a case of his own will “supercede” the Louisiana Department of Health’s case, which was filed on September 27th against 17 pharmaceutical companies. Landry and Gov. Edwards have spared repeatedly since Edwards’ inauguration, most recently regarding LGBT protections in government employment.
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