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USHistoric opioid trial against Johnson & Johnson kicks off in Oklahoma

19:41  28 may  2019
19:41  28 may  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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In the filing against Johnson & Johnson , Hunter said the public deserves to know whether the company deliberately targeted children, the elderly and veterans for opioid painkillers and whether it blocked legislation and regulatory action aimed at limiting opioid availability. Hunter noted that if

Johnson & Johnson in the crosshairs of Oklahoma 's opioid trial . Oklahoma alleges the defendants helped fuel a public health crisis in the state by extensively marketing highly addictive opioids in a way that overstated their effectiveness and misrepresented addiction risk, thereby

Historic opioid trial against Johnson & Johnson kicks off in Oklahoma© Cristina Arias/Cover/Getty Images, FILE A building of the company Johnson and Johnson in Madrid, June 03, 2013.

Oklahoma faces off in court against Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday, marking the first major case against an opioid maker to go to trial.

Attorney General Mike Hunter alleges that the country's largest drugmaker fueled the state's raging opioid crisis with deceptive marketing that downplayed the risks of opioids and overstated their benefits, contributing to a public health crisis, according to the lawsuit.

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By Sara Randazzo. The first major test of whether states can hold drugmakers accountable for the opioid crisis is headed to an Oklahoma courtroom. In a trial starting Tuesday, lawyers for Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter will argue that the marketing practices of Johnson & Johnson are to

Oklahoma 's attorney dropped all but a single claim against Johnson & Johnson and Teva Pharmaceutical in a closely watched lawsuit alleging the drugmakers helped fuel the U.S. opioid epidemic. The move came ahead of an upcoming May 28 trial , the first in the U.S. to result from

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The other defendants in the suit have settled with the state, including Israeli-based Teva Pharmaceuticals, which agreed to pay $85 million on Sunday and OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, which settled for $270 million in March.

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The bench trial -- which will be decided by a judge and not a jury -- will be heard in Norman, Oklahoma, by Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman.

On Sunday, Hunter said the Teva settlement was a testament to the state’s legal team’s "countless hours and resources preparing for this trial and their dedication and resolve to hold the defendants in this case accountable for the ongoing opioid overdose and addiction epidemic that continues to claim thousands of lives each year."

“Nearly all Oklahomans have been negatively impacted by this deadly crisis and we look forward to Tuesday, where we will prove our case against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries,” he said.

"The State’s attempt to hold J&J and Janssen liable for the alleged cost of addressing its opioid abuse crisis over the next 30 years is both factually and legally unsupportable," Johnson & Johnson said in a pre-trial brief.

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