“These funds are needed now more than ever as overdose rates hit record-highs, and we are confident that we can successfully appeal this decision and deliver desperately needed funds to the communities and individuals suffering in the midst of this crisis,” Miller gesê.
The ruling upends critical protections that have shielded the Sackler family and their fortune from civil liability.
CNN has reached out to the Sackler family for comment.
Some attorneys general praise the ruling
Purdue Pharma declared bankruptcy
in 2019, putting on hold thousands of lawsuits filed against it
Following the initial settlement
in September, family members of the late Dr
. Mortimer Sackler maintained their denials of allegations against the family
“While we dispute the allegations that have been made about our family, we have embraced this path in order to help combat a serious and complex public health crisis. We hope that the resolution will signal the beginning of a far-reaching effort to deliver assistance where it is most needed,” the family said in a statement to CNN.
They also expressed some remorse for OxyContin’s role for the opioid epidemic.
“It distresses us greatly that it also became involved in suffering from addiction or abuse. We are truly sorry for the suffering and loss people have experienced and recognize the anger or hurt that many people have felt alongside their grief,” lui die verklaring.
At least eight states previously appealed the controversial Bankruptcy Court decision, citing the low dollar amount among other issues.
And some attorneys general hailed the decision Thursday.
“This is a seismic victory for justice and accountability that will re-open the deeply flawed Purdue bankruptcy and force the Sackler family to confront the pain and devastation they have caused,” Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said.
“Connecticut will not allow billionaire wrongdoers to hide behind the bankruptcy code to shield their blood money and escape justice,” Tong added.
New York Attorney General Letitia James said her ongoing litigation against Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family would continue, adding she would “hold them accountable for their unlawful behavior, one way or another.”
“We will get justice for the American people,” James said.