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Oklahoma judge wants more answers on $85M opioid settlement

Posted: 4:48 PM, Jun 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-10 17:48:39-04
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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- An Oklahoma judge is declining to approve the state's proposed $85 million settlement with an opioid maker until he's assured it complies with a new law targeting such deals.

The attorney general's office says Cleveland County Judge Thad Balkman on Monday ordered attorneys for both the state and Israeli-owned Teva Pharmaceuticals to file additional paperwork before he approves the settlement .

Attorney General spokesman Alex Gerszewski says the judge wants both sides to address how distribution of the money conforms to the new law .

Concerned about how the state's $270 million settlement with Purdue Pharmaceuticals was structured, the Republican-led Legislature passed a law directing any settlement funds directly into the state treasury.

Oklahoma's lawsuit blaming consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson and some of its subsidiaries for contributing to the opioid epidemic is continuing.

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