CHARLESTON– The Attorney General has suspended a lawsuit filed in December against the DEA.
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey unilaterally sued the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in December 2017. The lawsuit sought greater transparency and broader input in the process DEA uses to establish the limit on how many opioid pills can be manufactured each year.
This led to a directive from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to the DEA just hours before a key deadline in Attorney General Morrisey’s lawsuit.
Morrisey moved to suspend his lawsuit Thursday upon receiving the federal directive, in which U.S. Attorney General Sessions ordered DEA to evaluate and consider potential changes to the regulation.
Attorney General Morrisey is hopeful the directive will take the necessary steps to account for diversion, increase input from specific stakeholders and establish mandatory hearings in setting the quota for specific drugs. He reserves the right to resume litigation depending upon the DEA’s progress in revising its regulation.