August 2019

Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $572 Million in Landmark Opioid Trial

An Oklahoma judge ordered  the corporate giant to pay  the massive sum to the state. The judgement was made  in response to the opioid epidemic,  "an imminent danger and  menace to Oklahomans.". Through contracts with poppy  growers in Tasmania, Johnson & Johnson  has supplied 60% of the ingredients  used for opioids such as oxycodone. The state argued that the  company marketed the products  as safe to both patients and doctors. We’ve shown that J&J was at the root cause of this opioid crisis. It made billions of dollars from it over a 20-year period. They’ve always denied responsibility and yet at the same time they say they want to make a difference in solving this problem. So do the right thing: come in here, pay the judgment, Brad Beckworth, Oklahoma State Attorney,  via 'The New YorkTimes'. The ruling is the first of its kind,  in which a corporation has been  deemed responsible for  America's opioid crisis. Around two dozen opioid retailers,  makers and distributors face  judgement in more than 2,000  related lawsuits, all over the U.S.