State AGs Bash DOJ's Proposed Opioid Deal With Purdue

Law360 (October 14, 2020, 11:08 PM EDT) -- Dozens of state attorneys general on Wednesday slammed the U.S. Department of Justice's plan to preserve Purdue Pharma as a public beneficiary trust through a proposed settlement that could end federal liability the company faces for its alleged role in the opioid epidemic.

Under the proposed deal announced in September 2019, Purdue Pharma LP would be restructured as a public beneficiary trust, from which drug sale profits from its painkiller OxyContin would go to state and local governments. The company would also donate its drugs for treating opioid addiction.

But the state attorneys general, most of whom are Democrats, told U.S. Attorney General...

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