Oklahoma asks court: Make J&J pay $9.3B to end opioid crisis


December 9, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma has asked the state Supreme Court to order Johnson & Johnson to pay more than $9.3 billion to cover the entire anticipated cost of combatting the state's opioid crisis, arguing in its appeal that a lower court's award wasn't enough.

Attorney General Mike Hunter made the request Monday, saying a court order last year that the pharmaceutical giant pay $465 million for its part in the oversupply of highly addictive painkillers would be sufficient to cover only one year of the state's abatement plan.

The company appealed Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkm...

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