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Purdue’s Sacklers Get Closer to an Opioid Trial in Massachusetts

Demonstrators hold signs outside of the Suffolk County Superior Court in Boston on Aug. 2.

Demonstrators hold signs outside of the Suffolk County Superior Court in Boston on Aug. 2.

Photographer: Nic Antaya for The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Purdue Pharma LP’s billionaire owners, the Sackler family, are a step closer to a trial in Massachusetts over their role in the opioid epidemic, after a judge said the state had made credible allegations of misconduct in marketing of the company’s addictive painkiller, OxyContin.

A judge in Boston on Tuesday denied the family’s request to toss out the state’s first-of-its-kind lawsuit. The ruling is significant because it means the Sacklers will have to defend their actions in court unless Purdue is able to shield its owners from pending cases through its bankruptcy process, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said.