Breaking: Johnson & Johnson Hit with $572 Million Verdict over Opioid Crisis in OK

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An Oklahoma judge has found Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceutical subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals guilty of contributing to the opioid crisis in the state. 

$572 Million 

The judge ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay the state $572 million according to an NBC News article about the ruling. This is a significant verdict, as this trial was the first of its kind to be heard involving the opioid crisis.

Aggressive Tactics by Johnson & Johnson

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter argued that the company created a “public nuisance” by using extreme marketing tactics to push their prescription painkillers to the medical community, and glossing over the risk of addiction. As a result, an epidemic has occurred nationally, with Oklahoma experiencing over 6,000 deaths as a result of the crisis.

Future Impact

This ruling can potentially impact how other state’s cases against pharmaceutical companies over the opioid epidemic will be viewed going forward. With this ruling, there is a potential for judges to want to side with states over pharmaceutical companies when determining who is at fault. 

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