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Johnson & Johnson settles with Cuyahoga, Summit counties ahead of opioid trial

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Posted at 8:13 PM, Oct 01, 2019

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio — Johnson & Johnson has tentatively settled with Summit and Cuyahoga counties ahead of its federal trial to determine who is responsible for the opioid epidemic.

As part of the agreement, the company would make a combined $10 million cash payment to the counties, reimburse $5 million in legal fees and direct $5.4 million to non-profits for opioid related programs.

The trial was set to begin Oct. 21.

In August, the state of Oklahoma won its case against Johnson & Johnson.

The pharmaceutical company was ordered to pay $572 million for its role in the state's opioid crisis.

Oklahoma previously reached settlements with two other opioid drugmakers: a $270 million settlement with Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and an $85 million settlement with Teva Pharmaceuticals, one of the world's leading providers of generic drugs.

The landmark decision was the first to hold a drug manufacturer company responsible for the opioid epidemic.

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