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15 States Drop Case Against Purdue Pharma’s Bankruptcy Plan in Landmark Opioids Case

HeadlineJul 09, 2021

Fifteen states have agreed to abandon their fight to block the bankruptcy plan of Purdue Pharma, the maker of the highly addictive OxyContin. In exchange, Purdue will release tens of millions of documents, pay a settlement expected to reach $4.5 billion, and the Sackler family will agree to cede ownership of Purdue. The deal, which includes the states of New York and Massachusetts, would shield the Sacklers from future opioid lawsuits. The Sackler family will not have to apologize or admit responsibility for their role in fueling the opioid epidemic, which has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. Nine other states and Washington, D.C., still oppose this week’s agreement and are expected to keep fighting the Sackler bankruptcy plan. 

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