J&J settles N.Y. opioid case for $230M

In this Aug. 6, 2020 file photo, New York State Attorney General Letitia James takes a question at a news conference in New York. New York’s attorney general sued the New York Police Department on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 alleging the rough treatment of protesters last spring in the wake of George Floyd’s killing was part of a longstanding pattern of abuse that stemmed from inadequate training, supervision and discipline. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

N.Y. State Attorney General Letitia James takes a question at a news conference in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

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Johnson and Johnson has agreed to pay out $230 million as part of a settlement regarding the opioid crisis. The agreement additionally includes more than $30 million in attorney fees. New York Attorney General Letitia James released the statement on Saturday.

“The opioid epidemic has wrecked havoc on countless communities across New York state and the rest of the nation, leaving millions still addicted to dangerous and deadly opioids,” said James. She added that J&J helped “fuel this fire.”

The settlement requires the pharmaceutical company to make a series of payments over the next nine years to the state of New York. They have also reportedly agreed to stop the manufacturing and distribution of opioids, not only in the state but across the country.

J&J released a statement following the agreement, saying it is not an admission of guilt or wrongdoing by the company.

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