As the case against Purdue Pharma, manufacturer of OxyContin rolls on, U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon has allowed an appeal against her previous ruling that rejected legal protections for the Sackler family, which formed a major part of the company's proposed bankruptcy reorganisation plan.

Back in December she said that the New York bankruptcy court that approved the proposed $4.5bn settlement did not have authority to grant the Sackler's the legal protection from future opioid litigation. 

Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family have been accused of fuelling the Opioid epidemic, with thousands of lawsuits citing deceptive marketing of their products. The Sackler Family have denied any wrongdoing. 

 According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) figures below, it is estimate that Opioid overdoses have claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 Americans since 1999.