VA AG suing owners of Purdue Pharma for role in opioid crisis


RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – Virginia’s Attorney General Mark Herring has filed suit against members of the Sackler Family, owners of Purdue Pharma, for their role in creating and perpetuating the opioid crisis.

“For decades, the Sackler Family has made a fortune from sales of drugs they knew were dangerous, deadly and addictive. While the Sackler Family has lived a life of unimaginable wealth and comfort, families across Virginia and around the country have been devastated by an opioid crisis that was fueled by lies and deceit by Purdue Pharma and the Sacklers.”

Attorney General Mark Herring

Herring has amended a complaint filed in Tazewell County Circuit Court as part of his ongoing lawsuit against Purdue Pharma that specifically names Richard, Jonathan, Kathe and Mortimer Sackler as defendants.

This comes as the drug company has reached a tentative settlement to pay up to $4.5 billion to more than two thousand local governments.

This could also result in the Sackler family having to give up control of Purdue Pharma.

Herring also issued a statement regarding several states settling suits with Purdue Pharma.

“I have not agreed to any settlement with Purdue or the Sackler Family and I won’t unless and until I am sure it is in the best interest of Virginians. Purdue and the Sacklers will never be able to undo all the damage they have done, but at the very least, they must face real, significant, personal accountability for their lies and for the pain and heartbreak they have caused.”

Attorney General Mark Herring

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