UPDATE: W.Va. House Passes Atty. Gen. Conflicts Bill

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 2/25/2014 12:00 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia delegates approved a proposal with stricter conflict of interest requirements when the attorney general oversees cases.

The proposal would require the attorney general to step aside in cases against companies that paid him or his family in the last five years. The attorney general couldn't take legal stances conflicting with state entities or officials.

The Democratic House passed the bill 52-44 Monday largely on party lines.

The proposal stems from Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's ties to two pharmaceutical companies his office was suing. The case dealt with claims arising from prescription pill profits the companies made in West Virginia. Morrisey recused himself. Two other state agencies are now overseeing the case.

Morrisey inherited the cases from the previous attorney general.

The proposal moves to the Senate.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Two West Virginia agencies are joining a lawsuit against an Ohio drug company, saying its negligent practices helped fuel the state's pain pill abuse epidemic.

The Department of Health and Human Resources and the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety recently signed on as plaintiffs in the attorney general's lawsuit against Cardinal Health.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey recused himself in August from the lawsuit filed by the office because his wife lobbies for the company in Washington, D.C.

The suit was filed during former Attorney General Darrell McGraw's last term. Morrisey defeated McGraw in the 2012 general election.

Outside lawyers handling the case will now report to the heads of the other departments and their agencies' attorneys.

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