Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million for role in Oklahoma opioid case
Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman’s ruling followed the first state opioid case to make it to trial and could help shape negotiations over roughly 1,500 similar lawsuits filed by state, local and tribal governments consolidated before a federal judge in Ohio.
“The opioid crisis has ravaged the state of Oklahoma,” Balkman said before announcing the verdict. “It must be abated immediately.”
The companies are expected to appeal the ruling to the Oklahoma Supreme Court. ■