Report: Ohio AG, other officials being sued

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) - An Ohio physician is accusing Attorney General Mike DeWine and other state officials of "attempted character assassination" in a lawsuit filed Monday. Dr. James E. Lundeen Sr. filed a suit in Franklin County Common Pleas Court over an agency's decision to revoke his certification as a medical provider, according to a Columbus Dispatch politics blog. Gov. John Kasich reportedly wants Lundeen suspended from practice following raids at his pain clinic offices in Portsmouth and Plymouth last month, saying it is unacceptable that the state medical board hasn't taken any action against him yet. According to the Dispatch blog, Lundeen said in his suit that the raids "devastated" his business, which includes offices in Columbus and other cities. The Bureau of Workers' Compensation, the Attorney General's Office and other state agencies, in their raids on Lundeen's offices, seized boxes of records and other items. No charges have been filed yet. However, days after the raids, the workers' compensation bureau decertified Lundeen. A spokesman told the Dispatch that Lundeen was responsible for a majority of all narcotics prescriptions written for workers' comp patients in Scioto County. From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by e-mail at jessica@legalnewsline.com.

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