CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - UPDATE: Nevada's state attorney general is denying he had a hand in the hiring of his former legal firm for a high-profile and potentially lucrative lawsuit against the maker of the opioid OxyContin.
In a statement, Democratic Attorney General Aaron Ford responded Wednesday to criticism from the Nevada Republican Party that hiring the firm Eglet Prince could lead to a big payday for his former employer.
Ford says he had no conflict of interest and he stayed out of the process while the state consumer advocate picked Eglet Prince from among competitive bidders to represent the state.
Eglet Prince partners Robert Eglet and Robert Adams did not immediately respond to messages.
They were in court Wednesday on a similar case representing Clark County against multiple opioid manufacturers.
ORIGINAL STORY: Nevada has retained the Las Vegas law firm Eglet Prince to represent the state in its lawsuit against the manufacturer of the opioid OxyContin.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Attorney General Aaron Ford announced the pick Tuesday.
A seven-member selection committee chose the firm from a pool of nine proposals.
Ford was a partner at the firm until he entered office in January. He recused himself from the selection process.
The firm will work on a contingency fee, so they will only be paid if they win the suit. It also is representing Las Vegas, Clark County, Henderson and Reno in similar opioid lawsuits.
Former Attorney General Adam Laxalt sued Purdue Pharmaceuticals in May, claiming the company understated the risks of opioids and exaggerated the benefits.
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