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Supreme Court Throws Out $6 Billion Opioid Settlement

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The U.S. Supreme Court has invalidated a $6 billion settlement involving the Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma, over their role in the opioid crisis. The 5-4 decision has left families of opioid victims divided on what justice should look like.

The settlement aimed to protect the Sacklers from future lawsuits while providing funds for addiction treatment. Lynn Wencus, who lost her son to opioid addiction, supported the settlement, hoping the money would save lives. “If we can get this money and put it into treatment the right way, then we are saving lives,” she said.

Opponents like Ellen Isaacs, who also lost her son, felt the Sacklers should not escape accountability. She called the idea of the family walking away with their wealth intact “absurd.” The ruling means states will now face prolonged legal battles to secure funds for combating the opioid crisis.

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