A group of more than 500 cities, counties and native American tribes in the United States has filed a large-scale claim accusing members of the Sackler family who own the opioid painkiller OxyContin, the bad narcotic crisis in American history. "
The case is a community in 26 states and eight tribes and blames Sacler's family members in deliberately violating laws to enrich billions of dollars while hundreds of thousands of Americans have died
" Eight people in one family have made the choice that has caused much of the opioid epidemic, "said the trial earlier this week at the federal court in southern New York,
The same eight family members have recently been added to a small number of lawsuits , which are led by against a string of opiates, including the pharmaceutical company in the United States Sakellars, all owned by the Purdue Ph arma, but they have not been judged as individuals for something similar to this scale before.
"This nation faces an unprecedented opioid addiction epidemic that has been initiated and perpetrated by Sackler's accused for their own financial benefit, to the detriment of each of the plaintiffs and their residents. "Sacler's defenders" include Richard Sackler, Beverly Sacler, David Sackler, Illen Sackler Lefkour, Jonathan Sackler, Kate Sackler, Mortimer D. Sackler and Theresa Sackler, "the lawsuit said this week
The eight the most popular family members who have long been known for the prolific philanthropy of famous arts and educational institutions, including the Metropolitan and Guggenheim Museums in New York, who face fierce protests against Sackler's money.Other institutions include Colombia, Yale, MIT, Tufts and other United States universities, and in the United Kingdom, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Serpentine Gallery, the University of Glasgow, and other recipients
to take advantage of the £ 1m offer for the Sackler family. The United States, Columbia University and Washington University, who have received donations from Sacler in the past, said they did not accept family gifts.
Judicial documents blame the eight family members for deliberately ignoring the dangers of prescribed painkillers OxyContin, which is more powerful than heroin or morphine. They are accused of cheating on doctors and patients and targeting sales and marketing techniques that have led to huge prescriptions and increasing doses for many patients who should never have prescribed the pills.
"The actions of the defendants and continue to cause a public health outbreak … caused deaths, serious injuries and serious disturbance to public peace, order and safety, it continues and leads to permanent and lasting damages," the court documents argue.
of the allegations have already been disclosed in a lawsuit that lists the eight members of the Massachusetts family and is contained in court documents in a multi-litigation lawsuit held at a federal court in Cleveland, Ohio, which is brought against Purdue and other companies, although not individually members of the Sakler family, from more than 1200 cities and counties.
The family and Purduu deny the abuse. The call is part of the lawyer's ongoing efforts to collect unforeseen circumstances to highlight Perdeu, blaming him for the entire opioid crisis in the United States, and to try the case in the public opinion rather than the judiciary. A spokesman for Purdue said in a statement sent via e-mail to the Bloomberg news agency.
"These unjustified claims place the accusation where it does not belong to a complex public health crisis, and we deny them," say the families of Mortimer and Raymond Sacler. in a statement. They also noted that OxyContin's sales "represent a small part of the opiates market".
The case filed in New York on March 18th is extraordinary because it focuses almost entirely on individual sackers.
Richard and Jonathan Sackler are the sons of the late Raymond Sackler, one of Purdue's founding brothers. Beverly is Raymond's widow and David's grandson.
Illen, Kate and Mortimer David Alfons are the children of the late Mortimer Sakler, another of Purdue's founding brothers, and Teresa is his widow.
The case is the family trust associated with the family branch of Raymond Sackler and Rhodes Pharmaceuticals, a Sacklers-owned company that produces generic opioid painkillers. Other cases are primarily directed to Purdue and other well-known pharmaceutical giants involved in opiate production, such as Johnson & Johnson and Allergan.
The lawsuit in the southern area of New York is filed by city and county authorities throughout America, including, for example, 42 counties and cities in Alabama, 31 counties in California, 21 cities and counties in Florida, 28 counties in Illinois, 51 the city and the county of Kentucky, more than 100 cities in Massachusetts and dozens of cities and counties in other countries, including Wisconsin, Virginia, Utah, Tennessee, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Indiana and Michigan.
Among the eight tribes of Indians who sue sack are parts of Cherokee, Chippewa and Siou, the nation of Oneida, and
Overcrowding now kills more than 72,000 people in the United States annually, according to government data from the Centers for Control and disease prevention, and 49,000 of them are caused by opiates.
Purdue's business has attracted a wave of lawsuits claiming that OxyContin's security fraud has been committed, which the company has recognized as wrongly flagging in a criminal case since 2007.
Purdue has not ruled out filing an application for bankruptcy that would lead to the interruption of civil proceedings brought against him, but points out that there may be insufficient funds that would be necessary for a mass settlement or a fine in the lawsuit against him, for compensation of the communities for the price and crisis.
in the latest lawsuit against sackets will give plaintiffs access to the personal wealth of the sackers.