Plaintiff comments on Johnson & Johnson $20.4 million settlement with Cuyahoga and Summit counties

Plaintiff comments on Johnson & Johnson $20.4 million settlement with Cuyahoga and Summit counties
A Conway pharmacy has agreed to a $185,000 fine to resolve alleged violations of the Controlled Substances Act. (Source: Pixabay)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) -Health-care giant Johnson & Johnson announced on Tuesday that it had reached a tentative settlement with Cuyahoga and Summit counties in order to forego an upcoming federal opioid trial.

The company agreed to pay $10 million to the two counties, which have been battered with overdose deaths over the last several years, according to a press release.

It has also agreed to pay $5 million in legal expenses and contribute $5.4 million to charity.

The Plaintiff issued the following statement about Johnson and Johnson after Tuesday’s tentative settlement:

“This settlement with Johnson & Johnson moves the total payment by defendants in these bellwether cases to over $60 million for these two counties while having no impact on our public nuisance and conspiracy claims in the ongoing litigation against opioid makers and distributors.

As is typical during settlements, the company said the agreement is not an admission of liability.

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals made two opioids that were distributed in the two Ohio counties.

Johnson & Johnson also owned a pair of companies that processed the raw material used to make the highly addictive Oxycodone.

The trial was slated for Oct. 21.

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