FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Latest on Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear’s investigation of opioid manufacturers (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration says the Kentucky attorney general’s announcement of a state contract to investigate opioid manufacturers is premature.

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear said Friday he has hired four law firms to investigate and potentially sue the makers and marketers of opioid painkillers.

But Finance and Administration Cabinet spokesman Glenn Waldrop said there is no final contract. He said the Attorney General’s Office did not follow the required approval process and said “there is a chance this contract may not be approved.” He declined to answer more questions.

Deputy Attorney General J. Michael Brown said the office followed all procurement laws.


1:29 p.m.

Kentucky’s attorney general has hired four law firms to investigate and potentially sue the makers, distributors and retailers of opioids.

Andy Beshear says the law firms will pay for the lawsuits and will be paid only if they win by taking a share of the verdict or settlement.

The team includes the firms of Morgan & Morgan, Motley Rice, the Lanier Law Firm and Ransdell Roach & Royse PLLC. Morgan & Morgan is based in Florida, but they have offices in Kentucky. Their lawyers include former Democratic Attorney General Greg Stumbo.

Ransdell Roach & Royse is based in Lexington and includes John Roach, a former Kentucky Supreme Court justice who served on Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s transition team.

Motley Rice is based in South Carolina while the Lanier firm is based in Houston.