State attorneys general have been divided nearly evenly over whether to accept a tentative deal to settle lawsuits against Purdue Pharma related to the nation’s opioid crisis.
States that oppose the tentative settlement, which could be worth as much as $12 billion over time, wanted to continue their lawsuits against the members of the Sackler family that own Purdue while the company goes through bankruptcy proceedings. On Friday, a federal bankruptcy judge issued a preliminary injunction until Nov. 6, temporarily halting those lawsuits.
Kentucky and Oklahoma are not subject to the litigation because both reached previous settlements with Purdue, maker of the OxyContin painkiller.
States and territories that have accepted the terms of the Purdue settlement offer:
Northern Mariana Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands
States and territories that have so far rejected the terms:
District of Columbia
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