24 states mount legal fight to block sackler bid for opioid immunity

5/3/21–Members of the Sackler family that owns Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin, have portrayed their bid for immunity from future opioid lawsuits as somewhat of a take-it-or-leave-it fix to a legal morass. They have offered to forfeit control of their bankrupt drug company and pay $4.2 billion from their private fortunes. A growing group of public officials and activists is mounting a last-ditch effort to derail the plan, describing it in legal briefs as an unethical, and possibly unlawful, use of the bankruptcy court’s power. Read