Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million for role in Oklahoma opiod crisis

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An Oklahoma judge ruled that Johnson & Johnson was responsible for the state’s opioid crisis and ordered it to pay $572 million in fines. The judge said that the company compromised the health of people in the state by causing a "public nuisance". The fine includes the costs for substance abuse treatment, education, and medical services. J&J claims that the verdict is not supported by facts and will appeal the decision. Oklahoma’s attorney general, Mike Hunter, seeks payment of $17 billion, which is argued to be the full cost of the crisis.

The Financial Times,Hannah Kuchler, 26th August 2019