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In the latest drama surrounding Purdue Pharma, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong lashed out at members of the Sackler family who control the drug maker for threatening to seek sanctions against several states that have panned a bankruptcy proposal filed by the company.

In a blistering statement, Tong maintained that attorneys for the Raymond Sackler family on Thursday sought to “intimidate” Connecticut, three other states, and the District of Columbia by intending to file a motion that argued the governments lacked evidence to object to the bankruptcy plan. The motion, he added, was withdrawn on Friday morning under “considerable pressure.”


“That does not negate the fact that the threat was made,” Tong said. “The move comes as Connecticut continues to oppose a bankruptcy plan that would allow the Sackler family to walk away with their personal wealth unscathed. The Sacklers’ threat will not succeed. This was a direct attack on Connecticut and a huge mistake by the Sacklers.”

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