Complaint Against W.Va. Attorney General Dismissed

Jan 10, 2016

An investigative panel has dismissed a complaint against West Virginia's attorney general regarding his involvement in lawsuits against pharmaceutical drug distributors.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey
Credit West Virginia Attorney General's Office

A Milton business owner had accused Attorney General Patrick Morrisey of having an "incurable conflict of interest" and said he couldn't fairly prosecute Cardinal Health because he used to lobby for a drug distribution trade association and his wife is a Cardinal Health lobbyist.

But the Lawyer Disciplinary Board determined last month that Morrisey didn't break any ethics rules. Morrisey recused himself from the lawsuit involving Cardinal Health in 2013 and the board said he was never involved in the case in a "substantive" way.

In a statement, Morrisey thanked the board for dismissing the "frivolous" complaint and rebuking the "unfounded political attacks" from his opponents.