The pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has now been ordered to pay 99 million dollars to settle a lawsuit that accused it of playing a key role in the opioid epidemic in West Virginia.

The Details: The lawsuit against Johnson and Johnson by the state fo West Virginia proceeded because the state was not included in a massive $5 billion dollar opioid settlement from February which was designed to address state and local complaints against the company related to the opioid epidemic.


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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey claimed the settlement allowed the state to recover significantly more than they would have if they had joined the larger lawsuit: ‘It was absolutely the correct decision to proceed to trial…This settlement will provide significant help to those affected the most by the opioid crisis in West Virginia.’

J&J claimed that the almost 100 million dollar ruling did not reflect guilt on the part of the company’s role in the opioid epidemic.

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