A Norman judge ruled against Jansen Pharmaceuticals and Johnson and Johnson.
Today, district judge, Thad Balkman, handed down a verdict Oklahomans have been waiting for.
“That those actions have compromised the health and safety of thousands of Oklahomans. Specifically, defendants caused an opioid crisis that its evidence by increased rates of addiction, overdosed deaths, and neonatal absence syndrome in Oklahoma.”
Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman
Judge Balkman’s ruling placed a hefty fine on the pharmaceutical companies.
572 million dollars could come to the state if the ruling is upheld on appeal.
It is not the 17.2 billion dollars the state asked for but any settlement money will be used to create programs, pay certain medical costs and work to address addiction problems that Oklahomans face.