…lawyer pushed against extending protections for members of the family, which is worth billions: Joe Rice, a lead lawyer for local governments who had sued Purdue… Judge Robert Drain said that if a deal was not in place by [Feb. 17, 2022], “all bets are open” as to whether he would protect the family again.
Last year … [some of] Purdue’s creditors, including state and local governments, Native American tribes and individual victims of the opioid crisis agreed to a settlement, which Drain approved. But in December , Judge Colleen McMahon dismissed it, ruling that Drain lacked jurisdiction to let the Sacklers off the legal hook when some parties disagreed. That ruling is being appealed… Judge Robert Drain said he would approve that and also grant Purdue’s request to keep legal protections in place for Sackler family members until 17 February  . Judge Robert Drain said that if a deal was not in place by then, “all bets are open” as to whether he would protect the family again. [Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who had objected to Purdue’s reorganization, also praised [Judge Colleen] McMahon’s decision. “There cannot be two forms of justice – one for ordinary Americans and a different one for billionaires,” Ferguson said. “I’m prepared to take this fight all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary, to ensure true accountability for the Sackler family.”
Original Article (The Guardian):
Native American tribes reach $590m settlements over opioids devastation
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