The Missouri Supreme Court listened to arguments on the state's $6.7 billion tobacco settlement.
Laetitia Thompson has more from the state capital.
The battle is over who is going to pay the lawyers.
One of the state's most outspoken Republican senators says the Democratic Attorney General made an unconstitutional contract with a private lawyer.
But, Assistant Attorney General Paul Wilson defends his boss, arguing the contract follows Missouri law and requires the legislature to pay attorney's fees.
Wilson says the private lawyer could lose a massive amount of money if the legislature doesn't pay.
From Jefferson City, I'm Laetitia Thompson.