reported CBS. Several of those who have declined it say that they plan to object to the bankruptcy and push forward with their claims against members of the Sackler family in court.
It will be up to a bankruptcy judge to decide if those suits can move ahead.
“My office is prepared to hold the Sackers accountable, regardless of whether or not Purdue declares bankruptcy,” Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul said in a statement last week, reported the Associated Press.
Some states insist that the tentative settlement didn’t hold the family or company sufficiently accountable for their roles in causing an opioid crisis that has killed more than 400,000 Americans in the last two decades.
In court filings, the family and the company have pushed back against accusations that Purdue Pharma played a central role in causing the national crisis by overselling the benefits of its powerful prescription painkillers and downplaying the addiction risk.
“The company’s drugs represent a small fraction of the prescription opioids shipped over the years — and most fatal overdoses have been linked to illegal opioids such as heroin and illicitly made fentanyl,” reported the AP.