Oklahoma Demands Larger Payout In Opioid Lawsuit With Johnson & Johnson

Wednesday, December 9th 2020, 6:01 am
By: Katelyn Ogle

The state is allegedly fighting for twenty times more money in the historic Johnson and Johnson opioid case from last year.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is appealing last year's ruling.

According to the Oklahoman, AG Hunter is asking the State Supreme Court to order Johnson and Johnson to pay more than $9 billion to fight the deadly opioid crisis.

During the historic trial, Hunter and his team fought for a settlement worth more than $17 billion. But, the Cleveland County Judge over the case claimed the state didn't prove how much time and money it would take - after the first year - to take on the epidemic.

The Judge ordered the pharmaceutical giant to pay $465 million.

If they can't have the $9 billion, the state is reportedly asking for Johnson and Johnson to pay $465 million a year, for twenty years, or until the crisis is fixed.

The Oklahoman reported that the appeal says "Enough is Enough. As Oklahomans have continued to suffer and die, all eyes are now on this case. The State of Oklahoma cannot - and will never - abate this crisis unless the Judgment is affirmed."

Johnson and Johnson is also appealing the ruling.