Spectrum News  |  August 27, 2019

For the first time in U.S. history, a judge is blaming a pharmaceutical company for its part in the nation’s opioid crisis. On Monday, an Oklahoma judge ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million after a 7-week trial.

“I think it sends a message to the pharmaceutical companies that judges won’t shy away and juries certainly won’t shy away from holding them accountable for the role they play in the epidemic,” said Regina LaBelle, Program Director of the Addiction and Public Policy Initiative at Georgetown University Law Center.

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