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More than two dozen states and hundreds of cities, counties and other governments have retained outside lawyers to oppose an attempt in bankruptcy court to halt their lawsuits against Purdue Pharma and its founders, the Sacklers.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain of the Southern District of New York plans to hear arguments on the motions Friday in White Plains.

Pharmaceutical manufacturer Purdue, which faces more than 2,600 lawsuits over the opioid crisis, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month. As part of that filing, Purdue sought an injunction temporarily halting the lawsuits to give time to hammer out a global settlement of the opioid litigation. Purdue also sought an injunction that would halt lawsuits filed against the family members of its founders, Raymond and Mortimer Sackler, who have agreed to contribute $3 billion toward the settlement.

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Amanda Bronstad

Amanda Bronstad is the ALM staff reporter covering class actions and mass torts nationwide. She writes the email dispatch Critical Mass. She is based in Los Angeles.

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