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Judge rules in favor of the state's case against Johnson & Johnson in historic Oklahoma opioid trial

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Posted at 3:06 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 16:07:12-04

The judge presiding over the historic Oklahoma opioid trial has ruled in favor of the state's case against Johnson & Johnson.

The decision could have sweeping implications as other states and communities try to hold pharmaceutical companies responsible for the opioid epidemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans since 2000.

The state had accused Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, of creating a public nuisance that cost the state billions of dollars and destroyed thousands of lives.

Johnson & Johnson denied any wrongdoing and said it has been made a "scapegoat."

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