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OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma asked the U.S. Supreme Court to toss out the state of Arizona’s proposed filing in an attempt to “claw back” billions of dollars in transfers from its founders, the Sackler family.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, in a motion to file a bill of complaint, had asked the Supreme Court to intervene in its opioid lawsuit less than two months before Purdue filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Sept. 15. His July 31 filing said the Sacklers made “massive cash transfers—totaling billions of dollars—at a time when Purdue faced enormous exposure for its role in fueling the opioids crisis.” The state of Arizona, which is seeking to enforce a 2007 consent judgment with Purdue, asked the Supreme Court to step in.

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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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