Judge unseals records of OxyContin lawsuit in Kentucky

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Posted: May 11, 2016 7:05 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A judge has unsealed records from a Kentucky lawsuit against the maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin, including the secret testimony of a former company president.

Pike Circuit Court Judge Steve Combs ordered the records be released in 32 days. Purdue Pharma Chief Litigation Counsel Richard Silbert said the company would appeal the decision.

Kentucky's attorney general sued Purdue Pharma in 2007, alleging the company lied about the addictiveness of OxyContin. Both sides settled the case in December and Purdue Pharma agreed to pay Kentucky $24 million.

Statnews.com, a health news website owned by Boston Globe owner John W. Henry, sued to have the records released. Combs said he ordered the documents released so the public could see the facts for themselves.