Judgement Delivered in Opioid “Public Nuisance” Lawsuit


Oklahoma Judge Thad Balkman has issued a $572 million judgement in favor of the State of Oklahoma in their lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson (and their drug manufacturer subsidiary Jenson Pharmaceutical) for causing “an opioid crisis that is evidenced by increased rates of addiction, overdose deaths and neonatal abstinence syndrome in Oklahoma.” State Attorney General Mike Hunter initially requested $17.5 billion in damages. This is the first court trial against any opioid manufacturer in the nation and serves as a test case. Purdue Pharma ($270M) and Teva Pharmaceutical ($85M) settled their Oklahoma lawsuits out of court. Johnson & Johnson has declared they will appeal the award and judgement. Across the nation, several lawsuits against a variety of opioid manufacturers have been filed and are awaiting hearings.

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