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Ala. Court Rules AG Can Stop Pharmacy Suits

Montgomery, AL – The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that state Attorney General Troy King can stop a lawsuit where the Tallapoosa County district attorney accused pharmacy companies of illegally substituting generic drugs for name-brand prescriptions.

The court released an unanimous decision Friday that went against Tallapoosa County District Attorney Paul Jones. Jones was one of five district attorneys who sued CVS Caremark, Wal-Mart and Rite Aid on behalf of the state. King called the lawsuits frivolous and used his position as attorney general to ask judges to dismiss them.

The Tallapoosa County case became the test case. The Supreme Court said the attorney general has a clear legal right to dismiss suits brought in behalf of the state.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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