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Amidst opioid crisis, Johnson & Johnson seek solution

Despite the best efforts of companies to prevent their products from causing injury or inconvenience to their consumers, there are times when products malfunction or do not perform the way they were intended and put users at risk of injury or death. Preventing these types of errors from happening to people in Montana and elsewhere requires companies to implement procedures for product testing that are designed to catch potential errors and hazards before they threaten end-users. 

In a crisis with growing concern across the country, people are sharing their distaste with opioids, the effect they have on the people that use them and the ignorance of big companies that promote the use of products that contain opioids. In just one of many developments, Johnson & Johnson sought to reach a solution to resolve a couple of different counties' claims in Ohio stemming from people being injured from the use of opioids that were marketed by the company.

While the company insists it was responsible and informative in the way they broadcast the purpose and use of the drugs, they also hoped to reach a solution that would permanently remove them from the trial proceedings in multiple cases around Cuyahoga and Summit counties. With the starting date of a federal trial looming close by, the company has agreed to make a combined $10 million payment to the two counties to resolve all pending cases. Their decision has effectively removed them from the requirement to participate in the federal trial. The company expressed its desire to continue to help people affected by opioid use and openly acknowledged the seriousness of the epidemic across the nation. 

If people have been injured because they used a product that was faulty or improperly marketed, they may be eligible to receive compensation for the suffering they endured. An attorney can help people make the most of their effort to secure compensation by helping to collect and organize evidence. 

Source: MarketWatch, "Johnson & Johnson Reaches Settlement Agreement with Two Ohio Counties Ahead of Upcoming Opioid Trial," Oct. 1, 2019

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