A judge will need to decide whether lawsuits against members of the Sackler family that owns the OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma can go ahead with the company seeking bankruptcy protection.

But at a hearing today in White Plains, New York, Judge Robert Drain is scheduled to consider routine matters such as whether the company can keep paying its taxes and utilities.

Several states are preparing to fight the bankruptcy plan, which includes a settlement deal that could be worth up to $12 billion.

States that oppose it say that members of the Sackler family need to be made to pay more than the $3 billion to $4.5 billion called for in the settlement.

The bankruptcy filing will at least pause more than 2,000 suits aiming to hold the company accountable for its role in the opioid crisis.

The lead lawyers for local governments suing drug companies over the opioid crisis say Purdue Pharma's bankruptcy filing won't stop a trial scheduled for next month against other parts of the drug industry.

Purdue filed for bankruptcy late Sunday as part of a settlement plan. Lead lawyers for the local governments suing the company and others support the settlement, as do attorneys general for about half the states.

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