An Oklahoma judge found Johnson & Johnson responsible in fueling the state’s opioid emergencies and ordered the company to pay $572 million in a landmark ruling with vast associations. The ruling by Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman in Norman in favor of the state against Johnson & Johnson is one of the highest monetary awards in U.S. history.
In making his ruling, Judge Balkman stated Johnson & Johnson bears liability for helping to fuel the state’s opioid epidemic by aggressively marketing painkillers. Judge Balkman took around a month to make this judgment after a seven-week trial.
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter mentioned that they confirmed how the company repeatedly ignored warnings by the federal governments and its scientific advisers about the dangers of its drugs and the risks of marketing its products the way it did, during a press conference on Monday. They have confirmed that Johnson & Johnson have built its billion-dollar brand out of greed and on the backs of pain and suffering of innocent people.
A quick statement by Johnson & Johnson mentioned, “Johnson & Johnson plans to appeal the opioid judgment in Oklahoma.”
Known for infant shampoo and different family-friendly products, Johnson & Johnson has a lesser-known pharmaceutical division, Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Johnson & Johnson mentioned its opioid products account for lower than a percentage of the Oklahoma market, but the state of Oklahoma disputed that.