BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Drug maker GlaxoSmithKline has filed suit against Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, alleging that private attorneys hired by Caldwell to prosecute the state's lawsuit against the company have a "personal financial interest" in the suit's outcome.
The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/N3dWEp ) GlaxoSmithKline claims the fee agreement Caldwell has with the attorneys violates the state Constitution and the company's constitutional rights. The firm wants a judge to bar Caldwell from prosecuting the state's suit through private attorneys.
State Attorney General's Office spokeswoman Amanda Larkins issued a statement that read, "We have total confidence in the procedures relied upon to institute this important work for the State."
The state sued GSK in February 2011, alleging the firm misrepresented the safety and efficacy of its prescription diabetes drug Avandia.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com