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The decision is another big win for Johnson & Johnson, which scored a tentative decision last week in another public nuisance case over the opioid crisis in California. (Credit: Kimberly Boyles/Adobe Stock)

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed a $465 million opioid judgment, concluding a district judge “went too far” in holding drug manufacturer Johnson & Johnson liable under the state’s public nuisance law.

The decision is another big win for Johnson & Johnson, which scored a tentative decision last week in another public nuisance case over the opioid crisis in California. Unlike the California case, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, were the only defendants in the Oklahoma bench trial that ended in 2019 with the judgment, which would have set up an abatement fund to address the state’s opioid crisis.

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