West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has vetoed a bill that sought to limit fellow Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's use of money from lawsuit settlements.

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says a state law prohibiting anonymous election pamphlets is unconstitutional.

Morrisey issued the opinion Tuesday in response to a request by Secretary of State Mac Warner. Both are Republicans.

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The West Virginia Attorney General's Office says its unit targeting Social Security disability fraud helped save $1.9 million in improper claims during the first quarter of this year.

Two investigators and an analyst have been working with the Social Security Administration, its inspector general's office and the state's Disability Determination Section to review suspicious or questionable disability claims.

West Virginia is included in a settlement with a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary over representation of product quality and will receive more than $440,000.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office said West Virginia is among the 42 states and District of Columbia involved in the lawsuit. A $33 million settlement was announced in the case Wednesday.

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West Virginia will receive more than $200,000 from a multimillion-dollar settlement reached between retailer Target and 47 states and the District of Columbia.

The settlement addresses allegations from a data breach in 2013. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office said in a news release the breach affected more than 41 million customer payment card accounts and contact information for more than 60 million customers.

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West Virginia's attorney general is suing 11 companies, saying they have monopolized the asphalt paving business and driven up the state's costs for years.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's suit filed Wednesday follows another filed by the state Division of Highways in October. Morrisey says that lawsuit was withdrawn because his office actually has the authority.

West Virginia's attorney general has sued a third pharmacy alleging it dispensed too many prescription painkillers and violated state consumer protection laws.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says Crab Orchard Pharmacy Inc. dispensed 4.6 million doses of hydrocodone and oxycodone over seven years in Raleigh County, despite the presence of 32 competing pharmacies and eight medical facilities. The Raleigh County town has less than 3,000 residents.

West Virginia officials have reached a $3.5 million settlement with a wholesaler accused of flooding the state with millions of prescription pain pills.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the settlement Tuesday with H.D. Smith Wholesale Drug Co.

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says West Virginia will receive a $253,500 share of a settlement with Bristol-Myers Squibb involving allegations that it promoted the anti-psychotic drug Abilify for unapproved uses.

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A newspaper investigation found that drug wholesalers shipped 780 million prescription painkillers to West Virginia over a six-year period.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that between 2007 and 2012, 1,728 West Virginians died from overdoses of hydrocodone and oxycodone.

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West Virginia's attorney general has sued a pharmacy in Boone County, alleging it provided too many highly addictive painkillers over more than a decade.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says Larry's Drive-In Pharmacy helped fuel the state's opioid prescription crisis by providing nearly 10 million doses of painkillers in 11 years in a county with fewer than 25,000 residents.

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West Virginia's Republican congressional and state leaders vowed Monday to work with the incoming Trump administration to push back federal environmental regulations they say limit and threaten their state's energy industry and jobs.

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito said the Obama administration has overstepped its authority in the energy, financial and other sectors and they expect president-elect Donald Trump to undo many of those regulations with support from lawmakers.

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After threatening to sue the state of Maryland, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has announced that Maryland is halting the permitting process that would have restricted West Virginia's use of the Potomac River.

News outlets report that Morrisey had told Maryland officials in early November that the state of Maryland could not impose regulations on West Virginia's rights to draw from the river.

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is urging federal and state officials to reject a reported $465 million settlement with drug maker Mylan over Medicaid reimbursements for the company's the emergency allergy injection EpiPen.

In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Morrisey calls the settlement "woefully deficient" and "a sweetheart deal" for the drug company.

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West Virginia's wealthy candidates poured money into their races during the past month, while the national association of Republican attorneys general spent $2.83 million trying to keep Patrick Morrisey in office.

The group previously paid $3.4 million for ads backing Morrisey, West Virginia's first-term attorney general, against Huntington businessman and state delegate Doug Reynolds.

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A judge has ordered West Virginia's attorney general to release 89 documents about the merger of two hospitals in Huntington.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office has four days to appeal the ruling that he release about one-quarter of the documents he has withheld from public view relating to his investigation into the hospital merger.

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Attorneys General from Ohio and Kentucky joined West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in Huntington Thursday to discuss the opioid crisis plaguing all three states.

Attorneys General Mike DeWine, of Ohio, and Andy Beshear, of Kentucky, joined Morrisey at the New Life Church in Huntington. It’s one of a series of meetings being held to increase cross-border cooperation in finding solutions to problems stemming from the opioid epidemic. Beshear said the epidemic has touched everyone. 

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The West Virginia Attorney General's Office says it has added a criminal investigations component to its unit looking for Social Security disability fraud.

Two investigators and an analyst have been working with the Social Security Administration, its inspector general's office and the state's Disability Determination Section to review suspicious or questionable disability claims.

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While a new law lets people 21 and older to carry covered-up guns without permits, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says 16 states will recognize West Virginia's expanded permits for 18- to 20-year-olds.

Morrisey says the states gave written assurances about provisional concealed carry permits for the 18- to 20-year-olds eligible under this year's law. Previously, people needed to be 21 or older to get a state concealed carry permit.

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President Obama’s signature environmental effort to reduce carbon emissions from power plants is back in a courtroom today. More than two dozen state attorneys general are challenging the federal government’s proposed regulations. Leading the fight is West Virginia’s Patrick Morrisey.

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The West Virginia Attorney General's office is sponsoring a contest among schoolchildren to promote awareness of prescription painkiller abuse.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says in a news release that the "Kids Kick Opioids" contest is open to elementary and middle school students and involves designing a public service announcement. It can include poems, drawings, letters or anything that promotes awareness of painkiller abuse.

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says four financial companies are settling an antitrust case for $1.3 million.

Morrisey says UBS, FSA, Natixis and Municipal Bond Insurance Association reached the settlement in a larger case that has totaled $4.7 million.

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West Virginia officials have approved a contract with a drug company they have accused of fueling the state's opioid problem.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the state health agency and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey approved the $657,000-a-year contract to allow Cardinal Health manage a pharmacy at a McDowell County hospital. The contract was approved even though both offices are suing the company.

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West Virginia officials have reached a nearly $3 million settlement with Kroger, CVS and Walgreens in a dispute involving cost savings from generic prescription drugs sales.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey made the announcement Tuesday in a news release.

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is suing a car leasing company over repossession and credit practices.

Morrisey sued Montoursville, Pennsylvania-based Auto Trakk in Kanawha County Circuit Court this week.

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West Virginia will draw more than $826,000 from a multimillion-dollar, multistate settlement with a drug company.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the settlement Thursday with Cephalon, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Barr Laboratories.

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The West Virginia attorney general's office has amended a civil complaint against Volkswagen of America Inc. over the automaker's emissions-rigging scandal.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Wednesday the complaint now includes Volkswagen's parent and its Audi and Porsche brands. The German automaker has admitted rigging diesel emissions technology to pass U.S. smog tests.

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says his office is teaming with several groups to tackle the problem of opioid use in high school athletics.

Morrisey's office says the initiative includes educational fliers, public service announcements and speaking events statewide. It says the effort will involve partnerships with groups that include the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission, the West Virginia Board of Medicine and the West Virginia Physical Therapy Association.

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West Virginia prescribers and pharmacists have a new tool to track how potent a patient's combination of prescriptions is.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and the state Board of Pharmacy announced the state's launch of the morphine equivalency calculator in an effort to address the state's opioid abuse problem.

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's flood relief mobile office will visit Clay and Kanawha counties this weekend.

Morrisey says in a news release that the mobile visits will give residents easier access to the state's Consumer Protection Division.

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