Federal Judge Throws Out Opioid Settlement That Shielded Sackler Family from Lawsuits

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A federal judge has thrown out a roughly $4.5 billion settlement with Purdue Pharma that shielded the Sackler family from future lawsuits. Judge Colleen McMahon of the Southern District of New York ruled the bankruptcy court does not have the authority to grant the Sacklers such legal protection.

The Sacklers have refused to acknowledge any personal responsibility in the deadly opioid crisis.

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