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Justice Department Fights Rule That Would Protect Trashers From Opioid Lawsuits

The Justice Department, continuing its fight against an estimated $ 4.5 billion settlement that will protect the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP from opioid lawsuits, seeks to suspend the deal until that the federal courts of appeal weighed on the agreement.

US trustee William Harrington, who is part of the Department of Justice unit that oversees the country’s bankruptcy courts, said in a court filing on Wednesday that US bankruptcy judge Robert Drain was wrong to approve the settlement earlier this month and said its decision authorizing the deal between Purdue and its Sackler family owners will likely be overturned by a higher court.