Pharma v. State AGs: GlaxoSmithKline Is Fifth Firm To Challenge Hiring Of Private Counsel
GSK filed suit against the attorney general of Louisiana seeking a court order prohibiting the state from using private counsel in litigation over Avandia marketing; the state is seeking more than $10 billion in penalties.
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