On August 26th, a district court judge in Oklahoma ruled Johnson and Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, should pay $572 million. Supposedly, Johnson and Johnson created the opioid epidemic in Oklahoma, and in turn, caused a nuisance.
This will not be a legal precedent-setting outcome as Andrew S. Pollis, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Ohio states. He was asked about the lawsuit before the verdict. The case is based on the nuisance statue in Oklahoma and opioids make it a very unique case. Nuisance laws as discussed in a NY Times article usually look at something that interferes with the general public. This includes roads, waterways, and public areas. Generally, the Nuisance lawsuits have involved lead paint, guns, pollution of air or water and noise.