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January 24, 2024

Posted  January 24, 2024

Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $149.5 million to Washington State for its role in fueling the opioid epidemic after the Attorney General Bob Ferguson rejected a 2021 settlement and chose to continue litigation.  The company was a top supplier of ingredients used to make opioid drugs, and marketed the drugs for chronic pain conditions that studies showed were not effectively treated by opioids.  This is the fifth national settlement that Washington State has rejected, and the third so far that has netted the state more than it would have received under the national settlement.  WA AG

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