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Purdue Pharma filed for bankruptcy. What does it mean for lawsuits against the opioid manufacturer?

An earlier version of this story was originally published on March 4, 2019. It has been updated to reflect Purdue’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.

Purdue Pharma on Sunday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, part of a deal to settle thousands of lawsuits alleging the company misled doctors and the public as it promoted its opioid painkillers, including its blockbuster OxyContin, and helped ignite the opioid epidemic.

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