Oklahoma judge finds J&J fueled opioid crisis

JUDGE ORDERING JOHNSON AND JOHNSON TO PAY 572á MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE PHARMACEUTICAL GIANT’S ROLE IN THE STATE’S OPIOID CRISIS. THE LANDMARK VERDICT COMES AFTER A SEVENáWEEK TRIAL. IT MARKS THE END OF THE FIRST STATE TRIAL áá ATTEMPTING TO HOLD A PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY ACCOUNTABLE FOR ONE OF THE WORST HEALTH EPIDEMICS IN MODERN HISTORY. CLEVELAND COUNTY DISTRICT JUDGE THAD BALKMAN ISSUED THE DECISION. Judge Thad Balkman/ Cleveland County District Court: “….As I detail in my judgment, this is the amount it costs that I am constrained to order Janssen and Johnson and Johnson to pay based on the particulars of a nuisance claim and the evidence that was presented at trial.” ((DONNA)) JOHNSON AND JOHNSON SAYS IT WILL APPEAL. DOZENS OF STATES ARE SUING OPIOID DRUGMAKERS. HOWEVER THIS CASE IN OKLAHOMA WAS THE FIRST ONE TO REACH TRIAL. ((DONNA)) ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL LESLIE RUTLEDGE REACTING TO THE DECISION RELEASING A STATEMENT READING IN PART áá “…TODAY’S DECISION IN OKLAHOMA ONLY REá AFFIRMS OUR CASE AGAINST THIS OPIOID MANUFACTURERER AND THE CRISIS IT CREATED BY LYING TO ARáKANSANS ABOUT THE ADDICTIVENESS OF ITS PRODUCTS.” ((KEVIN)) TENSIONS RUN HIGH TONIGHT AS MEMBERS OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION HOST

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