Purdue reaches tentative opioid settlement -sources

Purdue Pharma - the maker of OxyContin - has reached a tentative settlement valued at up to 12 billion dollars to resolve widespread litigation over its alleged role in fueling the American opioid crisis.

That's according to people familiar with the matter, who told Reuters on Wednesday that Purdue also plans to battle it out with the plaintiffs that oppose its settlement offer in bankruptcy court... starting as soon as next week.

Some states and the Sackler family appear to be stuck over how much of the family’s personal fortune will be paid out to plaintiffs.

The lawsuits claim the family and company contributed to a public health crisis that resulted in nearly 400,000 deaths.

Purdue and the Sacklers have denied the allegations.