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U.S. States Challenge Purdue’s Bid to Stop State Lawsuits

Attorneys general from 24 states and D.C. have opposed Purdue’s requests to a bankruptcy judge to shield them from more than 2,600 lawsuits.

The legal counter attack filed Friday claims Purdue and the Sackler family has contributed to the opioid epidemic by aggressively marketing OxyContin and downplaying addiction risks contributing to over 400,000 deaths.

Attorney General Maura Healey claimed that the Sacklers are billionaires, not bankrupt and should not be allowed to shield their assets from lawsuits. 

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Purdue sent up to 13 billion to the Sacklers, although the time period it was sent it uncertain. 

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