Everyday Americans have now been given the opportunity to join prosecutors in fighting back and holding big pharmaceutical companies accountable for the opioid crisis. On Friday January 24th, the federal judge managing the bankruptcy case of Purdue Pharma set a deadline of June 30th, 2020, to file a claim against the company. For the first time in the court cases, this gives citizens the chance to file personal injury claim. Late last year Purdue had made an agreement with states and local governments that was worth $10 billion, however this price is not yet agreed upon. Judge Robert Drain of New York has reminded people that no final settlement has been made, meaning that more money can be at stake.
It is important to note that people can file claims to injuries caused by Purdue Pharma, not opioids in general. So, if filing a claim, one must make sure they are filing about a product distributed by Purdue. While there is no guarantee that families would receive money if anyone had become addicted to Purdue’s products, lawyers of plaintiffs urge people to file anyway—even if they are unsure if the product is Purdue’s.
Purdue is projected to spend $23.8 million in advertising the claim-file deadline. The ad campaign will reach newspapers, Facebook, and even movie theaters. Four states hit especially hard by the crisis will have billboards, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Public relations will also be going on news sites to spread the word. One can also directly file a claim here: File a Claim.
For any of our readers who know anyone who have been harmed or addicted, or if you yourself have been affected, consider filing a claim. The day of reckoning is coming for Purdue, and companies need to learn that they cannot exploit people’s pain and suffering for profit. This is a huge step forward in the case, as now everyday people have been given a form of agency over these large companies. While Purdue is currently the only big company allowing claims to be filed, it is possible in the future that other big Pharma companies follow. It’s no longer only in the hands of the government and states to hold big Pharma companies accountable—it’s finally in the hands of the people directly affected as well.