Politics

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration has sued a Louisville law firm it says unlawfully received $4.2 million as part of a state settlement with Oxycontin-maker Purdue Pharma.

The firm Dolt Thompsons Shepherd & Kinney had a contract to work on the case, but it expired in June 2015.

Former Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway settled the case in December 2015. In February 2016, new Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear issued the firm a retroactive contract to pay for its work. Months later, Conway joined the firm as a partner.

Attorney Tyler Thompson said the contract expired because of an oversight. He said the firm continued to work on the case and was lawfully paid. He said Conway never received a penny from the settlement.