Johnson & Johnson Motion Denied in OK Opioid Trial

Johnson & Johnson

An Oklahoma judge issued a ruling to dismiss a motion brought forth by the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson on Monday July 9, 2019. The motion was a request to toss out a lawsuit filed by Oklahoma’s attorney general, which claims the company had a hand in creating the opioid epidemic. 

Johnson & Johnson Fight Back

The company argued that the lawsuit filed under a statute of public nuisance is incorrect, because the issue at hand does not meet the appropriate guidelines. According to an article from MSN, the state attorney general “was visibly angry as he repeatedly accused the company of lying.”

Trial to Proceed

However the effort was in vain, as judge Thad Balkman deemed that the state had presented enough evidence to allow the trial to go forward. The evidence is similar to evidence presented in lawsuits against Purdue Pharma, another pharmaceutical company being taken to task over the crisis. The attorney general laid out evidence that Johnson & Johnson downplayed the risk of opioids to medical professionals, used misleading data, and aggressively pushed using narcotics. 

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