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John Oliver Has Famous Actors Act Out The Deposition Richard Sackler Is Trying To Hide (techdirt)

One of the issues that we've discussed quite a bit on Techdirt over the years is the lengths that some people want to go to to hide court records and important public documents. The main story on this past weekend's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver tackled this issue in relation to Richard Sackler, the former chairman and president of Purdue Pharma, the company that developed and promoted Oxycontin. Much of the episode focused on questionable things said or done by Sackler, but towards the end...
Tags: News, Kentucky, John Oliver, Oliver, Mike Masnick, Purdue, State Supreme Court, Michael K Williams, Steven Combs, Purdue Pharma, Kentucky Court of Appeals, Richard Sackler, Sackler, Pike Circuit Court, Bryan Cranston Michael Keaton Richard Kind


John Oliver tackles the Sacklers: the litigious, secretive billionaires whose family business engineered the opioid crisis

The Sacklers (previously) are a reclusive, super-secretive family of billionaires whose fortune comes from their pharmaceutical company, Purdue Pharmaceuticals, manufacturers of Oxycontin, the drug at the center of the opioid epidemic, which has claimed more American lives than the Vietnam war, with the death-toll still mounting. The Sacklers have gone to enormous lengths to launder their reputations, endowing galleries and museums in a bid to make their name synonymous with philanthropy ra...
Tags: Video, News, John Oliver, Cia, Helen Mirren, Michael Keaton, Bryan Cranston, Oliver, Michael K Williams, Richard Kind, Purdue Pharma, Purdue Pharmaceuticals, Richard Sackler, Bullies, Sackler, Opioid Crisis


John Oliver Gets Hollywood’s Biggest Stars To Taunt Purdue Over Opioid Crisis

Oliver recruits Michael Keaton, Bryan Cranston, Michael K. Williams and Richard Kind to take on the Sackler family.
Tags: News, Oliver, Richard Kind, Sackler, John Oliver Gets Hollywood, Michael Keaton Bryan Cranston Michael K Williams


Parents Lead Push To Remove Sackler Name From Harvard Building

Parents who lost children to the opioid epidemic are pushing Harvard to take the Sackler name off a building that used to host the Arthur Sackler Art Museum. One: “Harvard, we want the Sackler name to come down. … This is a wonderful institution. And to be associated with the Sackler family is wrong, on every level possible. No more blood money.” – The Washington Post (AP)
Tags: Art, Harvard, Visual, Sackler, 04.12.19


Parents press Harvard to remove Sackler name from art museum

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Parents whose children fatally overdosed on opioids are demanding Harvard University remove the name of a family whose company makes the powerful painkiller OxyContin from a building that housed one of its art museums. About two dozen parents protested Friday outside the building that was home to the Arthur M. Sackler […]
Tags: News, Harvard, Nation, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass AP, Sackler, Arthur M Sackler


Opioid Sales Reps Swarmed New York at Height of Crisis

New disclosures in the New York attorney general’s lawsuit detail the massive sales efforts of Purdue Pharma and other companies.
Tags: New York, News, James, Purdue Pharma, Sackler, Letitia, Suits and Litigation (Civil, Pain-Relieving Drugs, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, OxyContin (Drug, Sackler Family, Opioids and Opiates, Your-feed-science, Richard (1945-


Oklahoma drops several claims in opioid case against J&J, Teva

The move by Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter came ahead of an upcoming May 28 trial, the first in the United States to result from roughly 2,000 lawsuits seeking to hold manufacturers of painkillers responsible for contributing to the epidemic. Hunter dropped the claims after announcing last week that OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP had along with the wealthy Sackler family who own it reached a $270 million settlement. Hunter said he would continue to bring a public nuisance claim agains...
Tags: Science, United States, Oklahoma, Hunter, Teva, Sackler, Mike Hunter, Purdue Pharma LP, J Teva


Berlin’s Jewish Museum No Longer Accepting Donations from Sackler Family

The Jewish Museum in Berlin, will no longer accept donations from the Sackler family, Art Newspaper reports, growing an increasingly large list of institutions not accepting funds from the institution.  “In 2002 we were not aware that OxyContin is subject to misuse,” a museum spokesperson says, referring to the last time the museum received funds from the […]
Tags: Art, News, Berlin, Art News, Minipost, Art Newspaper, Sackler, Sackler Family


Family behind OxyContin calls opioid suit false, misleading

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts authorities created a false picture of the Sackler family’s role in promoting OxyContin, the Sacklers said Tuesday in their first court response to allegations that individual family members — not just their company, Purdue Pharma — helped fuel the deadly opioid epidemic. The Sackler family says a lawsuit filed by Massachusetts […]
Tags: Health, Business, News, Boston, Massachusetts, Ap, Nation, Purdue Pharma, Sackler, Sacklers


Lawsuits Lay Bare Sackler Family’s Role in Opioid Crisis

Three generations of the Sackler family were deeply involved in running Purdue Pharma and knew of opioid abuse risks, according to lawsuits.
Tags: News, Massachusetts, Attorneys General, New York State, Purdue Pharma, Sackler, Suits and Litigation (Civil, Pain-Relieving Drugs, Drug Abuse and Traffic, States (US, Buprenorphine (Drug, OxyContin (Drug, Sackler Family, Opioids and Opiates


UPDATE: New York State goes after the Sackler family's opioid fortune, claims they funneled their Oxy millions through offshore laundries

Update: We have received a legal letter from Thomas A. Clare, of Clare Locke LLP, writing on behalf of the Sacklers expressing the family's concern that the image of a guillotine and the "guillotine watch" tag originally accompanying this post would be interpreted as a call to violence against the Sackler family, who have, per Mr Clare, received such threats. For avoidance of doubt, the use of the guillotine image and "guillotine watch" tag is intended as hyperbole and should not be interpreted...
Tags: Post, New York, News, US, New York Times, Oklahoma, Pharma, New York State, Rhodes, Purdue, Clare, New York AG, Oxy, Letitia James, Purdue Pharma, Richard Sackler


New York State goes after the Sackler family's opioid fortune, claims they funneled their Oxy millions through offshore laundries

The Sacklers (previously) are mostly known around the world as "philanthropists," with their names adorning the wings of galleries, museums and institutes of higher learning; but the Sackler family fortune came from their pharmaceutical company, Purdue, whose deceptive marketing and underhanded regulatory evasion for their highly addictive drug Oxycontin has led to the Oxy overdose deaths of 200,000 Americans so far, with another 200,000 overdoses from heroin and other opioids likely related to...
Tags: Post, New York, News, US, New York Times, Oklahoma, Pharma, New York State, Rhodes, Purdue, New York AG, Oxy, Letitia James, Purdue Pharma, Richard Sackler, Opioids


New York Attorney General Targets Sackler Family

New York's attorney general has sued the wealthy Sackler family, who control OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma.
Tags: New York, News, Sackler


Institutions Distance Themselves From Sackler Family Donations

Institutions that get donations from the Sackler family's trust and foundation are being pressured to distance themselves from that money due to the Sackler family's alleged role in the opioid crisis.
Tags: News, Sackler


Sackler billions targeted in New York fraud lawsuit

The wealthy dynasty is facing new charges it fraudulently transferred money from opioid-maker Purdue.
Tags: Business, New York, Sackler


New York attorney general announces sweeping lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, Sackler family

The New York attorney general's office announced a comprehensive amended lawsuit Thursday against six opioid manufacturers, one of America's richest families and four opioid distributors as the opioid abuse epidemic rages.
Tags: New York, America, Cnn, Sackler


New York AG announces sweeping lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, Sackler family

The New York attorney general's office announced a comprehensive amended lawsuit Thursday against six opioid manufacturers, one of America's richest families and four opioid distributors as the opioid abuse epidemic rages.
Tags: New York, News, America, Stories, New York AG, Sackler


OxyContin Maker Settles Opioid Crisis Lawsuit With Oklahoma For $270 Million

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The maker of OxyContin and the company’s controlling family agreed to pay $270 million in a deal announced Tuesday with the state of Oklahoma to settle allegations they helped set off the nation’s deadly opioid crisis with their aggressive marketing of the powerful painkiller. It is the first settlement to come out of the recent coast-to-coast wave of lawsuits against Stamford, Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma that threaten to push the company into bankruptcy and have stain...
Tags: New York, London, News, Massachusetts, Ap, United States, Oklahoma, Cleveland, Oklahoma City, Guggenheim Museum, State, Tulsa, Corey, Big Pharma, Purdue, Oklahoma Supreme Court


Maker of OxyContin reaches $270 million settlement in Oklahoma

By KEN MILLER and GEOFF MULVIHILL OKLAHOMA CITY — The maker of OxyContin and the company’s controlling family agreed Tuesday to pay a groundbreaking $270 million to Oklahoma to settle allegations they helped create the nation’s deadly opioid crisis with their aggressive marketing of the powerful painkiller. It is the first settlement to come out of the recent coast-to-coast wave of nearly 2,000 lawsuits against Stamford, Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma that threaten to push the company into bank...
Tags: Health, Business, New York, London, News, Massachusetts, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, United States, Oklahoma, Cleveland, Oklahoma City, Guggenheim Museum, Hunter, State


OxyContin maker Purdue reaches $270 million settlement in Oklahoma opioid case

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP and members of the wealthy Sackler family that own the company reached a $270 million settlement to resolve a lawsuit brought by the state of Oklahoma accusing the drugmaker of fuelling an opioid abuse epidemic.
Tags: Money, businessNews, Oklahoma, Purdue, Sackler, Purdue Pharma LP


Purdue Pharma and Sackler Family to Pay $275 Million in Settlement with State of Oklahoma

Purdue Pharma and members of the Sackler family have settled a lawsuit with the state of Oklahoma, paying $275 million. The news comes just one day after the Sackler Trust announced that it would “temporarily pause” giving gifts to museums and other institutions.  Read more at Art News
Tags: Art, News, Oklahoma, Art News, Minipost, Purdue Pharma, Sackler, Sackler Trust


Sackler-owned Purdue Pharma settles opioid lawsuit for $270m

The drug company owned by the wealthy Sackler dynasty is facing 2,000 claims over its painkiller.
Tags: News, Purdue Pharma, Sackler


US drug company settles opioid lawsuit

The drug company owned by the wealthy Sackler dynasty is facing 2,000 claims over its painkiller.
Tags: News, US, Sackler


Purdue Pharma settles opioid lawsuit for $270m

The drug company owned by the wealthy Sackler dynasty is facing 2,000 claims over its painkiller.
Tags: News, Purdue Pharma, Sackler


OxyContin maker Purdue agrees to settle Oklahoma opioid case, source says

The settlement with Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter came just weeks before Purdue, owned by members of the wealthy Sackler family, faced the first trial stemming from about 2,000 lawsuits nationally against opioid manufacturers. Hunter's 2017 lawsuit accused Purdue, Johnson & Johnson and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd of deceptive marketing that downplayed the risks of addiction associated with opioid pain drugs while overstating their benefits. Hunter scheduled a press conference fo...
Tags: Science, Oklahoma, Hunter, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, Purdue, Sackler, Mike Hunter, Purdue Johnson Johnson


Museums Cut Ties With Sacklers as Outrage Over Opioid Crisis Grows

Accusations that the family behind OxyContin actively downplayed its perils have led arts and education institutions to rethink accepting Sackler funds.
Tags: Art, News, Museum, United States, Museums, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Philanthropy, British Museum, Guggenheim, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, BP Plc, Whitney Museum of American Art, Science Museum, Central Park Conservancy, Art Newspaper


Oklahoma top court clears way for Purdue, J&J, Teva to face opioid trial

The Oklahoma Supreme Court's decision was a win for the state's attorney general, whose case is set to be the first to face trial of roughly 2,000 lawsuits nationally seeking to hold opioid manufacturers responsible for contributing to the epidemic. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter's 2017 lawsuit accuses Purdue, Johnson & Johnson & Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd of engaging in deceptive marketing that downplayed the risks of addiction associated with opioid pain drugs while overstating...
Tags: Science, Oklahoma, Purdue, Oklahoma Supreme Court, Sackler, Mike Hunter, Purdue J amp, J Teva


Sackler Family Suspends Philanthropic Giving To U.K. Museums

Two philanthropic arms of the Sackler family announced they will "temporarily pause" gifts in the United Kingdom. The family owns Purdue Pharma, now under fire for its role in the opioid crisis.(Image credit: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images)
Tags: News, United Kingdom, Justin Tallis, Purdue Pharma, Sackler, U K Museums


UK’s Sackler Trust Suspends Further Giving

The growing unease amongst British museums to accept money from Sackler family members implicated in the sale of the opioid painkiller OxyContin comes in the wake of several US lawsuits filed in recent months against Purdue Pharma, the family’s US drugs company. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, UK, US, Visual, Purdue Pharma, Sackler, 03.24.19


Sackler Trust Abandon’s Charitable Giving

The Sackler Trust has announced that it is suspending “all new philanthropic giving,” Art Newspaper reports.  “They are pulling back before anyone else can pull back from them,” artist and vocal critic of the Sackler’s Nan Goldin said of the news. “I would appreciate the news if I heard [that Sackler] money was going to pay reparations…for […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Nan Goldin, Sackler, Sackler Trust, Sackler Trust Abandon