US judge fines Johnson & Johnson $572 mn for fuelling opioid epidemic

An Oklahoma judge on Monday found Johnson & Johnson liable for fuelling an opioid epidemic in the state by deceptively marketing painkillers, and ordered the drugmaker to pay damages of $572 million.

   The damages awarded by Judge Thad Balkman of Cleveland County District Court in Norman, Oklahoma, following a seven-week, non-jury trial came in what had been a $17 billion lawsuit alleging that J&J's marketing practices helped fuel the opioid epidemic by flooding the market with painkillers. J&J said it would appeal.....

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