J&J Opens Appeal By Assailing 'Radical' $465M Opioid Verdict

By Jeff Overley (October 9, 2020, 11:05 PM EDT) -- Johnson & Johnson unleashed a sweeping assault on a historic judgment ordering it to pay $465 million for sowing the seeds of narcotic painkiller addiction in Oklahoma, warning the state's high court that the ruling invites limitless litigation against major corporations for public health problems.

J&J's long-awaited opening brief at the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Thursday challenged a nine-figure verdict handed down last year after the first and only trial held so far amid a nationwide onslaught of lawsuits blaming various pharmaceutical companies for the opioid crisis.

Throughout its brief, J&J described the decision as dangerous and legally dubious, writing that...

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