Purdue Pharma

In three hours of emotional testimony, over two dozen people were able to directly confront the Purdue Pharma owners about the human toll of the crisis.
Roughly 20 people whose lives and families have been wracked by opioid abuse will give statements in U.S. Bankruptcy Court with some Sackler family members listening.
States agreed to sign on after the Sacklers kicked in more cash and accepted other terms, including apologizing.
“This is a seismic victory for justice and accountability that will re-open the deeply flawed Purdue bankruptcy," Connecticut's attorney general said.
The Sackler family will give up ownership of the company and contribute $4.5 billion but will be freed from any future lawsuits over opioids.
A U.S. bankruptcy judge is expected to rule on whether the OxyContin maker will settle thousands of lawsuits.
The Sackler family, which profited off the epidemic with the painkiller OxyContin, is seeking to settle thousands of lawsuits in exchange for future legal immunity.
The owners of Purdue Pharma may soon be immune to future litigation over their role in the opioid epidemic under a bankruptcy plan advanced by a federal judge.
“I’m not sure that I’m aware of any family in America that’s more evil than yours,” Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) said.
The Sackler name — now synonymous with the opioid epidemic — is “inconsistent with our institution’s values," the school said.