Individuals harmed by opioids manufacturer Purdue Pharma have an additional 30 days to file a personal injury lawsuit after the judge overseeing the case granted an extension.
Both the drugmaker and 24 states, including Connecticut, that have not settled with the company, agreed the original June 30 deadline should be pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic. The judge granted the company’s request for an extension through July 30, while the states sought a September 30 deadline.
Connecticut AG says the decision is not ideal, but still important
Judge Robert Drain, of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, issued the written order saying the 30-day extension was a sufficient amount of time for potential creditors to take legal action.
Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said while the July 30 deadline was less than requested, the extension is vital for those harmed by Purdue Pharma to seek justice by filing a lawsuit. The company says the extension balances its compassion for anyone impacted by the pandemic with the benefits they will receive from settling with the drugmaker.
Purdue estimates a $10 billion payout
As of the middle of May, nearly 7,000 personal injury claims were filed against the company, which sought bankruptcy protection last fall. More than 4,000 potential cases have also been filed with other forms. A total of 163 claims have been recorded in Connecticut so far.
More than 27,000 people are expected to file claims as part of an ad hoc group. All private claims are expected to be heard alongside nearly 3,000 lawsuits filed by state and local governments that accuse Purdue Pharma of deceptively marketing its OxyContin product.
The total amount paid out will be determined through the bankruptcy process, but the company says it should not change the estimate of $10 billion to be paid out. If the opioid crisis has impacted you, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you file a claim. Please contact one of our personal injury lawyers today.