Aug 26, 2019
By Christine Ross
Johnson and Johnson is being forced to pay a hefty sum for its involvement in the ongoing opioid crisis. A judge in Oklahoma has ruled the company helped fuel the crisis in the state and ordered the company to pay $572-million to help address the problem. Judge Thad Balkman says the company aggressively marketed painkillers in a way that overstated their effectiveness and underplayed the addiction risk. The company is expected to appeal. Oklahoma’s case could shape negotiations to resolve roughly 15 hundred other opioid lawsuits before a federal judge in Ohio.