The court in 2019 in Oklahoma State ask the pharmaceutical company Johnson &Johnson to pay the sum of $455 million for the deaths of over 5,000 which was because of the opium.
Although the case is still pending, Johnson and Johnson had claimed in June it had stopped making and selling prescription opioids in the US.
The Judge had ruled out that the Johnson and Johnson pharmaceutical company had;
public nuisance with its marketing of prescription pain pills, saying it had adopted “deceptive” marketing practices to promote opioids.
It was the first opiates-related legal judgment in the US. The state initially claimed $17 billion in costs, which equated to 20 years of funding.
Objection: The judge should not have used public nuisance law to criticize J&J’s production, marketing, and sales methods.
As well as other pharmaceutical firms like Purdue, the maker of OxyContin, and major US drug wholesalers, J&J has been accused of over-promising painkillers, creating addiction and overdoses.
The Sackler family agreed to pay $4.5 billion to victims and institutions in exchange for Purdue declaring bankruptcy.