A federal judge has overturned a pharma settlement that left the Sackler family free from lawsuits over the opioid crisis.
The family has drawn ongoing furor over its role marketing OxyContin to Americans.
States agreed to sign on after the Sacklers kicked in more cash and accepted other terms, including apologizing.
The decision follows years of demonstrations against the museum's connections to the philanthropic family that profited off the opioid crisis.
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 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.
The company helped fuel the opioid crisis through aggressive marketing of its powerful painkiller.