Judge orders Johnson and Johnson pay 572 million for Oklahomas opioid crisis

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Setting precedent..

An Oklahoma judge on Monday ruled against Johnson & Johnson in the Oklahoma opioid trial, forcing the company to pay the state $572 million in the first trial in the U.S. seeking to hold a drugmaker accountable for helping fuel the epidemic.

Calling the opioid crisis an “imminent danger and menace,” District Judge Thad Balkman said. “The state meant its burden that the defendants Janssen and Johnson & Johnson’s misleading marketing and promotion of opioids created a nuisance as defined by (the law), including a finding that those actions compromised the health and safety of thousands of Oklahomans.”


Judge rules against Johnson & Johnson in landmark opioid case in Oklahoma
 
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Would assume a good lawyer could appeal this on the grounds that the drug did as was described. It was known it was potentially addictive. Now I am wondering if doctors will be taken to court as well?
 

Blues63

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Hmmm....I wonder how the tobacco industry feels about this decision.
 
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The state’s lawyers called J&J an opioid “kingpin” and argued that its marketing efforts created a public nuisance as doctors over-prescribed the drugs, leading to a surge in overdose deaths in Oklahoma.

J&J has denied wrongdoing, saying its marketing claims had scientific support and that its painkillers, Duragesic and Nucynta, accounted for a tiny fraction of opioids prescribed in Oklahoma.

The company also said in a statement that since 2008, its painkillers accounted for less than 1 percent of the U.S. market, including generics.

Oklahoma judge finds J&J liable in opioid epidemic, orders $572 million damages - Reuters
 
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Talking head on the evening "news" said there will be an appeal (of course!) and it could last two years...
 
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