Judge tosses deal shielding Purdue’s Sackler family from opioid claims

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By Brendan Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal judge has thrown out a settlement that would have shielded the Sackler family, which owned OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, from future lawsuits over opioids, upending the company’s plan to reorganize in bankruptcy court. U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon in Manhattan said in a written ruling on Thursday that the bankruptcy court did not have the legal authority to release the family from liability. Purdue and lawyers for the Sacklers could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday evening. The company has been accused of pushing massive …

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