Oklahoma court overturns $465M opioid ruling against Johnson and Johnson

The state hoped to use the money to combat the opioid crisis

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has overturned a $465 million opioid ruling against drugmaker Johnson & Johnson.

The court finds that a lower court wrongly interpreted the state’s public nuisance law.

The court ruled in a 5-1 decision Tuesday that the district court in 2019 was wrong to find that New Jersey-based J&J violated the state’s public nuisance statute.

It also rejected the state’s appeal to increase the damage award.

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