Biden AG applauds federal court ruling on Purdue Pharma bankruptcy settlement

The federal judiciary has been the center of controversy as fears surrounding issues like abortion and gun rights have led some Democrats to call for packing the Supreme Court.

It seems the widespread anxiety on the left hasn’t stopped President Joe Biden’s attorney general, Merrick Garland, from welcoming a recent federal court decision, however.

Garland takes on opioid epidemic

According to Fox Business, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled this week that Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy settlement is invalid.

The settlement stemmed from lawsuits against the pharmaceutical giant alleging that it played a major role in fueling the opioid epidemic.

Also at issue was whether members of the Sackler family who control Purdue Pharma could be held directly liable for the company’s actions. They had sought immunity in exchange for establishing a $4.5 billion fund to assist victims.

“The bankruptcy court did not have the authority to deprive victims of the opioid crisis of their right to sue the Sackler family,” Garland said in a statement following the ruling, according to Fox Business.

He went on to insist that the Department of Justice “remains committed to opioid abatement efforts and supporting victims of opioid abuse.”

“There cannot be two forms of justice”

Garland was not alone in praising the court’s ruling. In a statement of his own, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson also expressed satisfaction at the decision.

“There cannot be two forms of justice — one for ordinary Americans and a different one for billionaires,” Ferguson said, according to Reuters.

“I’m prepared to take this fight all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary, to ensure true accountability for the Sackler family,” the state official added.

For his part, Purdue chairman Steve Miller complained that “[w]hile the district court decision does not affect Purdue’s rock-solid operational stability or its ability to produce its many medications safely and effectively, it will delay, and perhaps end, the ability of creditors, communities, and individuals to receive billions in value to abate the opioid crisis.”

“These funds are needed now more than ever as overdose rates hit record-highs, and we are confident that we can successfully appeal this decision and deliver desperately needed funds to the communities and individuals suffering in the midst of this crisis,” Miller added, according to Reuters.

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