If the judge doesn’t grant the Sackler family protection from more lawsuits, Purdue said the initial settlement deal may fall through.
The move is part of a tentative settlement of $12 billion to settle myriad lawsuits connected to the company’s marketing of opioid painkillers.
Police used wiretaps to catch an Italian doctor boasting about spreading opioid painkillers.
Last week, in a sea change for the world of art philanthropy, three major museums decided to reject donations from the Sackler family.
Did the Sackler family aggressively market Oxy, knowing abuse would increase profit margins?
It is the first evidence that ties the family to company decisions to aggressively market OxyContin even though it is highly addictive.
“Drug dealers in nice suits and dresses,” one lawyer said of the family.
The question for the Met isn’t about taking tainted money.
“We manufacture prescription opioids,” one of the ads states. “How could we not help fight the prescription and illicit opioid abuse crisis?”
The Sackler family has donated hundreds of millions to museums and colleges. They made their money selling one of America’s most controversial pills.