North Carolina AG Sues Family That Owns Purdue Pharma

North Carolina AG Sues Family That Owns Purdue Pharma

3:45pm Sep 17, 2019
In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo, cars pass Purdue Pharma headquarters in Stamford, Conn. The company, which makes OxyContin and other drugs, filed court papers in New York on Sunday, Sept. 15 seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

North Carolina's attorney general is the latest to file a lawsuit against the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma as part of an effort to address the opioid epidemic.

A lawsuit filed Monday in North Carolina court names eight members of the Sackler family as defendants. North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein alleges that the family members directed the company to deceptively market OxyContin while making billions of dollars in profits for themselves.

North Carolina previously sued the company itself, and a number of other states have also sued the family.

The company has filed for bankruptcy and is working on a multibillion-dollar settlement to resolve thousands of lawsuits.

Representatives for the Sackler family didn't immediately respond to an email asking for comment about the North Carolina lawsuit.

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