Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million for role in opioid crisis; company says ruling 'flawed'

From JSOnline:

An Oklahoma judge on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries to pay $572 million to help abate the opioid crisis in the state, a landmark decision likely to reverberate in lawsuits across the nation.

The case was closely watched as a federal judge in Ohio oversees more than 2,000 lawsuits filed by city, county and tribal governments across the nation against manufacturers, distributors and retailers of prescription painkillers.

The Oklahoma ruling came in the first state opioid case to reach trial. The state previously settled with OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma and Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical for a total of more than $350 million.

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