Judge blocks lawsuits against opioid producers to help them save money to pay for lawsuits

And it goes downhill from there!


Erik McGregor/LightRocket

❝ OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma and its billionaire owners, the Sacklers, on Friday got a temporary reprieve from lingering court battles over their alleged role in fueling the opioid crisis. In exchange, they may have to be more forthcoming about what happened to all the OxyContin money.

❝ US bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain temporarily halted state lawsuits against Purdue as well as the Sacklers — though only Purdue has filed for bankruptcy protections. In pausing the states’ cases, Judge Drain cited Purdue’s mounting legal expenses, which he noted is money that could otherwise go toward addressing the opioid crisis and its victims…

❝ Purdue is estimated to have made more than $35 billion from OxyContin sales, and the Sacklers reportedly siphoned off as much as $13 billion of that into their own pockets.

Out of the kindness of their collective hearts, the Sacklers have in return promised the court they’ll stop hiding the money and even answer questions truthfully. What fracking planet did these greedy bastards grow up on? These are the sort of rules the rest of us are required to live by our whole lives.

2 thoughts on “Judge blocks lawsuits against opioid producers to help them save money to pay for lawsuits

  1. Update says:

    OxyContin maker to plead guilty to 3 criminal charges, agree to $8 billion-plus settlement https://www.boston.com/news/national-news/2020/10/21/purdue-pharma-plead-guilty

    “Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion, Justice Department officials announced Wednesday.
    The company will plead guilty to three counts, including conspiracy to defraud the United States and violating federal anti-kickback laws, the officials said. The resolution will be detailed in a bankruptcy court filing in federal court.
    The deal does not release any of the company’s executives or owners — members of the wealthy Sackler family — from criminal liability, and a criminal investigation is ongoing. But one state attorney general said the agreement fails to hold the Sacklers accountable.
    The settlement is the highest-profile display yet of the federal government seeking to hold a major drugmaker responsible for an opioid addiction and overdose crisis linked to more than 470,000 deaths in the country since 2000.” https://apnews.com/article/virus-outbreak-business-criminal-investigations-opioids-epidemics-5f0679ffee14577b1696a94b64abc9c2

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