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Arkansas Supreme Court unanimously denies Attorney General’s petition to dismiss the State from litigation pursued by Arkansas Counties, Cities, and the State


Association of Arkansas Counties, Arkansas Municipal League, and Prosecutor Scott Ellington will continue to pursue their unique, unified approach to combat the Arkansas opioid epidemic


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 6, 2018, 3:00 p.m. CST) – The united coalition of 74 Arkansas Counties and 255 Arkansas Cities represented by the Association of Arkansas Counties and Arkansas Municipal League today announced that the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled in favor of Prosecutor Scott Ellington to deny the petition filed by Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge to remove the State from the joint lawsuit against the opioid drug industry, originally filed March 15 in the Crittenden County Circuit Court.

“We had the utmost faith that the Arkansas Supreme Court would see the wisdom of the prosecutor’s, Counties’ and Cities’ legal argument,” said Chris Villines, executive director of the Association of Arkansas Counties. “We fully believe what these Arkansas Counties and Cities are doing on behalf of their communities is right and just.” Read more.

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