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December 12, 2019

SCOTUS Declines to Hear Arizona Case Against Purdue Pharma

On December 9, the Supreme Court declined to hear Arizona Attorney General’s novel case against the Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma LP, to recover billions the state claims the family “funneled out of the OxyContin maker before the company filed for bankruptcy in September.” The suit accused eight members of the Sackler family of taking out $4 billion from Purdue Pharma LP over 8 years “despite being aware that the company faced massive potential liabilities over its marketing of opioid medications.” Arizona had declined to withdraw their Supreme Court case despite a federal bankruptcy judge’s order to hold all lower and state court cases against Purdue. Arizona was relying on language in the Constitution providing original jurisdiction to the Supreme Court where a state is a party.