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State AGs, local governments blast Purdue settlement offer

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press
Attorneys general representing nearly half the states and lawyers for more 500 local governments are blasting the terms of Purdue Pharma’s offer to settle thousands of lawsuits related to the toll of the nation’s opioid epidemic.
In a court filing Friday, the attorneys general said the proposed deal does not contain an admission of wrongdoing by the Sackler family, which owns Purdue, and doesn’t force them to repay money “they pocketed from their illegal conduct.”
The filings are objections to Purdue’s request to have a federal bankruptcy judge halt separate lawsuits filed in state court against Sackler family members.
A lawyer for the heirs of late Purdue co-owner Raymond Sackler says stopping that litigation would allow everyone to focus on fighting the opioid crisis rather than “waste resources” on lawsuits.