November 10, 2021
Opioid/Substance Use Disorders
  • The Oklahoma Supreme Court reversed a 2019 ruling that required Johnson & Johnson to pay the state $465 million for its role in the opioid epidemic. In a 5-1 vote, the court rejected the state’s argument that the company violated “public nuisance” laws by aggressively overstating the benefits of its prescription opioid painkillers and downplaying the dangers. According to the court, the state’s public nuisance law does not extend to the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of prescription opioids. (Articles here, here, and here)