Supreme Court blocks settlement on OxyContin, pauses EPA ruling

by ian

Yesterday, the high court blocked a bankruptcy settlement with Purdue Pharma that would have shielded its owners from lawsuits over their role in the nation’s deadly opioid epidemic.

The Sackler family, who own Purdue, had agreed to pay up to $6 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits accusing the company of misleading doctors and patients about the potential harms of OxyContin.

Elsewhere, in a 5-4 vote, the court paused an Environmental Protection Agency rule that would’ve cracked down on power plant pollution in 23 states.

This comes as the high court is also set to rule on the Chevron deference. The decades-old law gives administrative agencies broad discretion to create regulations. If overturned, it could blow a hole into the Biden administration’s climate initiatives.