Attorney General Tong disappointed with Purdue plan

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03/16/2021

Attorney General Tong disappointed with Purdue plan

(Hartford, CT) – Attorney General William Tong today expressed his disappointment in responding to the plan that Purdue Pharma has filed in bankruptcy court. Along with 22 other states, Attorney General Tong released the statement below:

“We are disappointed with this plan. While it contains improvements over the proposal announced by Purdue and which we rejected in September 2019, it falls short of the responsibility families and survivors deserve.

“Our States investigated Purdue and the Bags and filed the lawsuits which ended their criminal enterprise. During the bankruptcy, our states worked together, across party lines, to force Purdue to hand over millions of pages of evidence and question the Bags under oath. We have also joined with every state and thousands of cities and towns to ensure that every dollar collected by states is spent on fighting the opioid crisis.

“Now the Bags and Purdue need to recognize their decades of misconduct and their role in creating this crisis. Purdue needs to change his plan to include:

• A rapid and orderly liquidation of the company that does not interfere excessively with States and other creditors.
• Added value of Bags to creditors, including governments, to address the haunting opioid crisis.
• Transparency in the form of strong documentary disclosures so that the public understands the scope of Purdue and the Bags‘misconduct to ensure that never happens again.

• Protections for non-profit organizations on naming rights for charitable donations.

“Right now, millions of people across the country are desperately addicted to opioids. They need help and they need it now. We are committed to working with all parties to bankruptcy to improve this plan and serve our constituents. Our objective remains to provide essential assistance to the inhabitants of our States. “

Attorney General Tong is accompanied by Attorneys General from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington, DC, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Twitter: @AGWilliamTong
Facebook: CT Attorney General

Media contact:

Elizabeth benton
elizabeth.benton@ct.gov

Consumer inquiries:

860-808-5318
attorney.general@ct.gov

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