By Rich Kozlovich
This piece appeared in today, Court Overturns $465M Opioid Ruling Against Johnson & Johnson, saying:
It's the second blow to a case like this in the past month The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a $465 million opioid ruling against drugmaker Johnson & Johnson, finding that a lower court wrongly interpreted the state's public nuisance law in the first case of its kind in the US to go to trial...........in a 5-1 decision that District Judge Thad Balkman in 2019 was wrong ..........“The court has allowed public nuisance claims to address discrete, localized problems, not policy problems,” ...........The ruling also said the company had no control over how patients then used the products.....The ruling comes a week after a California judge issued a tentative ruling that said local governments had not proven that Johnson & Johnson and other drugmakers used deceptive marketing to inflate prescriptions of their painkillers, leading to a public nuisance. (Click for more on what this could mean for thousands of similar lawsuits still pending.)
The fact is these government actions are nothing more than legalized theft, and if this had been allowed to stand it wouldn't have stopped there. It would have been the foundation for attacks against guns, cars and anything activists didn't like. This public nuisance meme, while most likely good intentioned, is like so many good intentioned laws, they're being corrupted by greedy politicians, insane actives, and amoral attorneys.