Senators Question OxyContin Deal

Law360, New York (August 1, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A U.S. Attorney defended his decision to settle a case against the drug company that makes the powerful painkiller OxyContin, telling U.S. Senators that the judgment will still deter executives at other companies even though the officers of the company weren't sentenced to prison.

John L. Brownlee, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, appeared Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee to defend his decision to allow The Purdue Frederick Company to settle a criminal case in May for more than $600 million. Purdue,...
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