That part is indeed, definitely lame. The fines placed on companies is often merely another tax for doing business it seems and that's something that I hope changes down the road.
However, the silver lining is that this is the first of many lawsuits and it establishes that Purdue and possibly other companies can be held accountable. A judge has said that this trial can be televised, so hopefully more facts will come to light for the public to see. Not only are companies being named defendants, but individuals are as well.
Like I said, small steps, but I'm hoping they lead somewhere.