BISMARCK — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem declined to comment extensively on news of a tentative settlement agreement reached with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma but said Wednesday, Sept. 11, that the state is still pursuing a lawsuit against the company, which it blames for opioid abuse problems.

Stenehjem, a Republican, declined to comment on the settlement because it hasn't been finalized. The Washington Post reported Purdue Pharma reached a tentative agreement with 22 states and more than 2,000 local governments.

"There have been negotiations ongoing and they are not concluded," Stenehjem said. "All I can say is that we have been involved like all the other states are."

The state filed a lawsuit against Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma last year, but a North Dakota judge dismissed it in May. The state filed its notice of appeal in the state Supreme Court last month.

Stenehjem said a finalized settlement could affect the state case.