Johnson & Johnson Ordered To Pay Over $572M For Role In Oklahoma Opioid Crisis
An Oklahoma judge has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay more than $572M for their role in the opioid crisis; which killed over 6,000 Oklahomans in nearly 20 years.
Additionally, state’s Attorney General Mike Hunter says J&J, and their pharmaceutical subsidiary Janssen, since the 1990s, pushed painkiller opioids to doctors while omitting their addictiveness.
While the company denied any wrongdoing, its executive VP and general counsel Michael Ullmann says, “This judgment is a misapplication of public nuisance law that has already been rejected by judges in other states. The unprecedented award for the State’s ‘abatement plan’ has sweeping ramifications for many industries and bears no relation to the Company’s medicines or conduct.”
Speaking on his decision, Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman blames the company’s “misleading marketing and promotion of opioids.
He adds, “The opioid crisis has ravaged the state of Oklahoma, it must be abated immediately. For this reason, I’m entering an abatement plan that consists of costs totaling $572,102,028 to immediately remediate the nuisance”