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General Fund Gets $38 Million From Drug Lawsuits

Montgomery, AL – More than $38 million will be deposited into Alabama's cash-strapped General Fund budget from the latest round of settlements reached with companies in prescription drug pricing lawsuits.

Attorney General Troy King released Wednesday a breakdown to how the money would be divided in the state's agreement to settle lawsuits with six prescription drug manufacturers for a total of $89 million.

Private attorneys who handled the litigation for the state will receive about $12.46 million in attorneys fees and $500,000 for expenses.

The General Fund budget has now received a total of almost $57 million in settlements from some of the more than 70 lawsuits the state filed against prescription drug companies in 2005.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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