AG Rutledge Loses “Writ Of Mandamus” Request

The state Supreme Court on Friday (April 6) declined Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s request to remove Scott Ellington, prosecuting attorney for the 2nd Judicial District of Arkansas, from a lawsuit filed in Crittenden County against opioid makers.

In dueling legal actions filed in two Arkansas circuit courts over the past month, Rutledge and Ellington made known their intentions to take the drug industry to court over a growing number of fatalities that have coincided with the rising sales of prescription opioids in Arkansas and the U.S.

Rutledge’s office filed an emergency “writ of mandamus” petition on April 2, arguing that Ellington should not be permitted to bring claims on behalf of the state in the fight that could possibly win damages of hundreds of millions of dollars. Governor Asa Hutchinson has said any judgment or settlement could be used to reimburse the state for lost money.    MORE

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