Johnson & Johnson Agrees to Settle Ohio Opioid Lawsuits for $20.4 Million
The health care giant settled with Cuyahoga and Summit counties
Johnson & Johnson and two Ohio counties have reached a tentative $20.4 million settlement that removes the corporation from the first federal lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, scheduled to begin later this month.
In a statement released Tuesday, the health care giant said the agreement with Cleveland's Cuyahoga and Akron's Summit counties allows it "to avoid the resource demands and uncertainty of a trial." However, the terms stipulate that Johnson & Johnson makes "no admission of liability."
"[The] company is open to identifying an appropriate, comprehensive resolution of the overall opioid litigation. At the same time, the company remains prepared to defend its actions," the statement said.
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