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The Purdue Pharma logo at its offices in Stamford, Conn. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File) Yes, the Sacklers should pay a lot more for their releases. But the plan must be evaluated in light of the alternative, not in light of the ideal. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)

On Sept. 1, 2021, Judge Drain confirmed Purdue Pharma’s restructuring plan. The plan is the culmination of roughly two years of legal wrangling by 48 states, thousands of municipalities, Indian tribes, and tens of private-side parties, each with a stake in the outcome of the case.

Politicians, advocates and academics have assailed the bankruptcy plan as a travesty of justice because, under the plan, the Sacklers will be released from civil liability and will not be held criminally accountable.

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