Oklahoma Judge Thad Balkman on Monday ruled that Johnson & Johnson must pay more than $572 million for its part in contributing to the state’s opioid crisis.
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter claimed in court that Johnson & Johnson and its pharmaceutical subsidiary, Janssen, marketed opioids to doctors while downplaying the risks of the addictive painkillers since the 1990s. The state claimed that the company’s sales push created “a public nuisance” that led to more than 6,000 deaths in Oklahoma over nearly two decades.
The company denied any wrongdoing and said the state had misinterpreted the law.
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