Kaul declines to join Purdue Pharma lawsuit settlement

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul is refusing to join a multistate settlement with Oxycontin maker Purdue Pharma.

About half the states and thousands of local governments reached a tentative deal Wednesday with Purdue Pharma over its role in the nation's deadly opioid epidemic. Sources with direct knowledge of the talks say the company will pay up to $12 billion over time and the Sackler family, which owns the company, will give up control.

But roughly half the states haven't signed on to the deal, including Wisconsin. Kaul, a Democrat, said in a statement Wednesday that the Sackler family has made billions from the sale of opioids. He says the state Justice Department is committed to getting justice and the company's position in the settlement doesn't achieve that.

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