Arizona AG files lawsuit in U.S. Supreme Court over opioid crisis

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star 

Attorney General Mark Brnovich is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the family that owns a major opioid manufacturer from “looting” company assets.

In a new filing this morning, Brnovich contends that Purdue Pharma has transferred more than $4 billion to members of the Sackler family between 2008 and 2016. That does not include millions of dollars in transfers to other companies controlled by family members, including overseas firms.

What makes all this relevant — and, from Brnovich’s perspective, appropriate for Supreme Court action — is the company currently is facing multiple lawsuits, including several here in Arizona, accusing the firm of improperly promoting its OxyContin brand and helping cause the opioid crisis.

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