DO THE RIGHT THING: SUPREME COURT HALTS IMMUNIZING SETTLEMENT FOR SACKLER FAMILY
It’s been quite some time since I’ve had much to appreciate about the Supreme Court in the United States. But I’m more than pleasantly surprised to learn that the court has, at last, done the right thing in a difficult situation. If you haven’t heard of the Sackler family, you really should have. The Sacklers are worth billions upon billions of dollars. But there is a strong (as in, ironcoad) case to be made that they cashed in all too consciously to make a huge profit on the Opioid Crisis. The Sackler Family is synonymous in this scenario with Purdue Pharma, which was granted a settlement for its (and their) role in the deaths of far to many people from Opioid overdoses (and addiction, etc).
SETTLEMENT WOULD HAVE PERMANENTLY IMMUNIZED SACKLER FAMILY FROM ANY CIVIL LAWSUITS
The settlement would have almost completely protected the Sackler Family from any civil lawsuits related to the Opioid Crisis. If that sounds something odious from the state of Denmark, that’s because it is. Or, rather, it was. The Supreme Court, somehow, saw fit to halt the settlement, and potentially give victims and their families the right to sue the Sackler family for damages. If this seems confusing, let me paint some linear lines to form the geometry of justice here. Until very recently, the Sackler family had total control of Purdue Pharma. And the family made billions of dollars they pulled from the company in direct relation to the Opioid Crisis.
WORLD’S WORST DRUG DEALING FAMILY NOW SUBJECT TO PAYING THEIR VICTIMS IN COURT?
We’re talking serious money in profit here. Purdue Pharma has, of course, filed for bankruptcy to avoid paying the true scale of damages from their predatory market behavior. And the Sacklers agreed to give as much as $6 billion towards the company’s reorganization, so long as they receive immunity from any civil liability. That’s about as dirty a scenario as you could have imagined, even these days. But the U.S. Supreme Court somehow did the right thing, based firmly in the law, to halt this settlement. The money for damages is still there. It’s still in the perpetrators hands.