Vermont won’t join states that now back Purdue Pharma bankruptcy plan

Vermont

New York is expected to receive at least $200 million after it joined 14 other states in dropping opposition to a bankruptcy plan filed by Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin.

But Vermont is yet to get on board. Attorney General TJ Donovan said the state will contiue to object to the company’s plan.

“The idea that billionaires can use their wealth go to bankruptcy court and have their cases dismissed from a state, because they’re essentially putting money toward the deal in bankruptcy court, I find objectionable,” he said.

The terms of the settlement require the Sackler family to give up ownership of the company and for Purdue to turn over millions of pages of documents. New York Attorney General Leticia James says the plan is far from ideal, but at least holds Purdue and the Sackler family, which agreed to pay $4.2 billion, accountable.

“I don’t think any of us will say this deal is perfect,” James said. “But, we can’t let perfect be the enemy of the good. We can’t let perfect be the enemy of getting results.”

The agreement includes 13 other states, including Massachusetts, Maine and New Jersey.

Vermont is, however, joining a multi-state lawsuit against Google over the tech giant’s app store practices. The suit alleges Google inflates prices in Google Play by unlawfully restricting competition. Donovan estimates it’s caused a 30 percent increase in the price for Vermonters.

“You’re paying more money and it means you don’t have choice,” Donovan said. “When you walk into a store, you have choice. You look at products and you contrast prices and you make a choice. Here, you don’t because they have a monopoly on the distribution of apps.”

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