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Alabama justices asked to step down in drug fraud case

September 4, 2010

Alabama justices asked to step down in drug fraud case

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Attorneys for the state say all members of the Alabama Supreme Court should disqualify themselves from ruling in two Medicaid drug fraud cases because of a conflict of interest.

A motion filed by Attorney General Troy King and others says former Supreme Court Justice Gorman Houston has represented the two pharmaceutical firms accused of fraud and now has been picked by the justices to lead an investigation into claims of an improper leak.

The motion says Houston has represented Sandoz Inc., which is asking the high court to throw out a $78 million judgment won by the state, and Mylan Inc., which has a legal issue pending before the court.

Houston declined comment Friday when contacted by The Associated Press.

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