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VIDEO: Minnesota AG Keith Ellison Speaks on Lawsuit Against Purdue Pharma

August 27, 2019 07:44 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- On Tuesday, reports came out with Purdue Pharma and its owners, the Slacker family, are offering between 10 to 12 billion dollars to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits.

The Oxycontin is being accused by multiple states including Minnesota for starting and sustaining the opioid crisis within the country. According to a recent report by the White House Council of Economic Advisers, the opioid epidemic has cost the U.S. more than $504 billion.

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Purdue Pharma has earned more than $35 billion from the sale of Oxycontin alone.

Minnesota joined the lawsuit against the company last July and has an opportunity to see a settlement offer on the table after a judge ruling in Oklahoma awarded one of the biggest payouts in U.S. history in one of these civil cases.

On ABC 6 News Tonight, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison spoke about the state's lawsuit that is currently awaiting trial.

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