LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has suffered a setback in defending his contract to add outside lawyers to his team that's suing manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers.
Kentucky's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Gov. Matt Bevin's administration and lawmakers acted within their authority when rejecting Beshear's decision to hire outside attorneys.
The ruling comes amid the hard-fought governor's race between Bevin and Beshear.
Beshear, a Democrat, says the court's decision will have "devastating impacts" on his cases against pharmaceutical companies. He says Bevin gave the opioid companies "one of their biggest wins nationwide."