State asks Alabama court to rehear drug ruling

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Attorneys for the state have asked the Alabama Supreme Court to reconsider a decision that threw out jury verdicts awarding the state more than $274 million from three pharmaceutical companies.

Juries had found in favor of the state in lawsuits accusing drug companies AstraZeneca, Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline of causing the state to pay too much for prescription drugs for Medicaid recipients.

The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 on Oct. 16 that the drug companies did not defraud the state.

The motion seeking a rehearing by the court was filed late Friday. One of the attorneys for the state, Montgomery lawyer Jere Beasley, said Monday the state is also asking the court to hear oral arguments from attorneys for both sides if it reconsiders the case.

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