NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - Drug maker GlaxoSmithKline has reportedly filed a lawsuit against Louisiana Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell over his hiring of private attorneys in a case against the company.

Caldwell sued the British drug maker in February 2011, claiming the company hid harmful side effects of Avandia. The drug is used to help control blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

The attorney general's suit accused GlaxoSmithKline of illegally marketing, pricing and promoting the drug, and violating the state's consumer protection and unfair trade practices laws.

Now, GlaxoSmithKline is alleging that the outside counsel Caldwell hired to prosecute the case have a "personal financial interest" in its outcome.

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