Sackler family wants protection from further litigation during bankruptcy hearings

Lawyers for Purdue Pharma said they will ask a judge to issue an injunction on any further lawsuits against the Sackler family during the company's bankruptcy hearings, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Though 24 states and thousands of local governments have agreed to a multibillion dollar settlement with Purdue Pharma, 25 states and the District of Columbia have not agreed, according to a survey from the Associated Press. The opposed states say the settlement doesn't do enough to hold the Sacklers — the founding family behind Purdue Pharma and OxyContin — personally accountable and that they should pay more than what they've offered.

Purdue Pharma's lawyers argue that allowing further litigation in other courts would take money away from the company's creditors and be "fatal" to a comprehensive deal. They believe the Sackler family is entitled to a shield from further litigation, a move that would likely create a dispute in bankruptcy court, according to the WSJ.

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