From a News Release by WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey
CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office obtained significant wins for the state in 2017, continuing his aggressive fight against substance abuse, tirelessly working to eliminate overregulation and protecting consumers with multiple enforcement actions.

“This year was filled with monumental victories for the people of West Virginia,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “We adopted a series of new initiatives aimed at curbing the growth of the drug epidemic, worked to protect consumers by holding businesses accountable for their actions and played a crucial role in eliminating regulations that stifled economic growth in the Mountain State.”
The Attorney General’s Office began 2017 by announcing settlements with AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal Health, pushing the total monies received to more than $47 million with 12 drug wholesalers, the largest pharmaceutical settlement in the state’s history.
West Virginia also led a coalition of 37 states and territories urging health insurance companies to examine financial incentives that may unintentionally contribute to the opioid epidemic. Additionally, the Attorney General continued efforts to hold pharmacies and prescribers accountable for their role in the drug crisis.
The Attorney General brought further attention to the opioid crisis through his “Combating Addiction with Grace” initiative, partnerships with three colleges to share prevention information with more than 4,600 students and by helping craft language for legislation that requires county boards of education to implement opioid awareness and prevention programs into their curriculum.
On the regulation front, the Attorney General witnessed President Trump sign executive orders dismantling the so-called Clean Power Plan and the Waters of the United States Rule, both the result of hard work initiated by the Attorney General’s Office.
In 2016, Morrisey had led the 27-state coalition that stopped the Obama Power Plan at the U.S. Supreme Court, winning a crucial stay that protected many coal jobs.
He also supported the postponement of any decision on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s oil and natural gas rule as well as EPA’s right to reconsider and delay its implementation.
With regards to consumer protection, the Attorney General took proactive steps in alerting consumers to the massive Equifax data breach, received monies from a record-breaking $18.5 million settlement with retailer Target regarding its 2013 data breach, sued 11 asphalt and paving companies for alleged violations of the state’s Antitrust Act and successfully sued a bus company to secure refunds for two canceled school field trips.
He also expanded an antitrust lawsuit targeting Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. and its parent company’s president/executive director, along with 17 other generic drug manufacturers alleging price fixing for 15 generic drugs.

Other accomplishments include the following: