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Oklahoma’s multibillion-dollar case against Johnson & Johnson rests in hands of judge

The seven-week trial came to a close Monday as lawyers for Oklahoma and Johnson & Johnson presented their closing arguments, ending a closely watched case that presented novel arguments in the fight against opioid addiction. The case could provide a blue print for the nearly 2,000 other pending cases like it across the country.

Lawyers for the state referred to the company as a “kingpin” and “cartel” that fueled the crisis through deceptive marketing to doctors by claiming opioids were “safe and effective for every day pain.”

“This company went out and sponsored lies,” said attorney Brad Beckworth during closing arguments for the state.

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