The Supreme Court has intervened to halt a proposed national settlement, which would have allocated billions of dollars to the families of those impacted by OxyContin. The ruling was made on the grounds that the settlement would have provided protection for members of the Sackler family, who hold ownership of Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of the drug.

Here is what Lawrence Hurley reported on the Purdue Pharma opioid settlement for NBC News:

The Supreme Court on Thursday blew up the massive bankruptcy reorganization of opioid maker Purdue Pharma, finding that the settlement inappropriately included legal protections for the Sackler family, meaning that billions of dollars secured for victims is now threatened.


The court on a 5-4 vote on nonideological lines ruled that the bankruptcy court did not have the authority to release the Sackler family members from legal claims made by opioid victims.


As part of the deal, the family, which controlled the company, had agreed to pay $6 billion that could be used to settle opioid-related claims, but only in return for a complete release from any liability in future cases.


Justice Neil Gorsuch, writing for the majority, said the Sacklers could have declared bankruptcy but instead sought to piggyback on the company’s own bankruptcy proceedings in an effort to resolve pending legal claims.


“They obtained all this without securing the consent of those affected or placing anything approaching their total assets on the table for their creditors,” Gorsuch wrote.

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