Beshear's office filed the lawsuit against pharmaceutical manufacturer Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries over an allegedly deceptive marketing scheme pushing their opioid drugs as safer and rarely addictive, arguing that this "fueled" the state's deadly opioid epidemic.
Beshear's lawsuit calls for the pension bill that was signed into law by Gov. Bevin a day earlier to be declared unconstitutional, in addition to a temporary injunction to block the implementation of the law while this litigation proceeds.
Attorney General Andy Beshear told state legislators that the new legislation to substantially alter the public pension system for state workers is illegal and would be struck down in a lawsuit if passed, as it violates the inviolable contract of benefits promised to them under state law.
Attorney General Andy Beshear has created a unit dedicated to investigation and prosecuting cold cases stemming from the thousands of backlogged rape kits that have finally been tested, thanks to a $3 million federal grant.