J&J appeals $572M opioid verdict in Oklahoma

Johnson & Johnson filed an appeal with the Oklahoma Supreme Court Sept. 25 claiming the $572 million it was ordered to pay the state was excessive and should be overturned, according to Tulsa World.

On Aug. 26, Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman ordered the drugmaker to pay the money in retribution for its role in the opioid crisis.

The appeal lists 36 issues with the trial J&J asks the Oklahoma Supreme Court to consider.

"The judgment … rests on an unprecedented interpretation of Oklahoma public nuisance law, with grave implications for all businesses operating in the state," J&J wrote in its appeal.

The drugmaker was charged with breaking the state's public nuisance law, which was traditionally tied to property use. Attorneys for J&J argued that allowing it to be applied to the marketing and sale of lawful goods could expose other companies to "wide-ranging liability," according to Tulsa World.

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