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In a move directed at the owners of Purdue Pharma, a pair of Democratic lawmakers has introduced a bill that would prevent people who have not filed for bankruptcy from being released from lawsuits brought by local communities or the U.S. government.

The legislation follows controversy over the bankruptcy plan filed last week by the drug maker. If the plan is approved by a federal bankruptcy court, some members of the Sackler family, who own Purdue, would receive immunity from the nearly 3,000 lawsuits filed by states, counties, cities and tribes seeking compensation for the costs of the opioid crisis. The drug maker filed for bankruptcy in September 2019.

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