Oklahoma court overturns $465 million opioid award against Johnson & Johnson

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November 9, 2021

By Nate Raymond

(Reuters) – The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a $465 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit by the state alleging the drugmaker fueled the opioid epidemic through the deceptive marketing of painkillers.

The court on a 5-1 vote ruled that the state’s public nuisance law does not extend to the manufacturing, marketing and sales of prescription opioids and that a trial judge went too far in holding it did.

(Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston, Editing by Franklin Paul)

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