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Judge orders mediation for Purdue, Sackler's opioid settlement



(Reuters) – A US judge on Monday ordered mediation in the Purdue Pharma bankruptcy and called on the company, family members Sackler who owns it and nine states to decide whether to reach a new settlement on opioid disputes before January 14.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain in White Plains, New York, issued an order urging the parties to negotiate changes to a previous deal that was rejected by another judge in December and provided Sackler's protection against future opioid disputes. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Shelley Chapman acts as mediator. according to which Sacklers said it would contribute $ 4.5 billion to Purdue's reorganization plan, which targets money to reduce opioid programs. In exchange, Sacklers, who has denied the crime, received legal protection known as the release of non-debtors.

Representatives of Sacklers and Purdue did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did a lawyer representing most of the states that opposed the previous deal. On December 1

6, District Judge Colleen McMahon amended Judge Drain's approval of Purdue's reorganization plan and the underlying settlement.

Following Judge McMahon's decision, Judge Drain called on the parties to negotiate in good faith. McMahon's Decision to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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