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  • State to Appeal Judge Balkman’s Final Order in Opioid Case

    Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced that the state intends to appeal Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman’s final order issued last Friday in the trial against Johnson & Johnson.The state agrees with Judge Balkman’s final order on a multitude of fronts. For example, the court correctly applied Oklahoma’s public nuisance law to this case, found that Johnson & Johnson is a direct cause of the state’s opioid epidemic, the epidemic is a public nuisanc...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Celebrates Major Victory for the State after Judge Balkman Issues $572 Million Judgment in Opioid Trial

    Johnson & Johnson held liable for harm caused to Oklahomans, fueling opioid epidemicNORMAN, OKLA. – Attorney General Mike Hunter today commended Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman for ruling in the state’s favor and ordering Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries to pay $572 million to abate the ongoing opioid epidemic in Oklahoma.The judge’s ruling is the first of its kind in the country to find an opioid manufacturer liable for the harm caused from the opioid crisis in the Un...  Read More...

  • AGs Hunter, Stein, Lead 39 State Coalition in Letter to Congressional Leadership Urging Removal of Federal Barriers to Treat Opioid Use Disorder

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter, along with North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein have sent a letter to Congressional leadership in both chambers, asking for the removal of federal barriers that are currently preventing health care providers from offering treatment for opioid use disorder.Opioid use disorder is the physical and psychological reliance on opioids. Symptoms of opioid addiction include uncontrollable cravings for the drugs and the inability to control opioid ...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Comments on Judge Balkman Denial of Defendants’ Motion for Directed Judgment

    Trial will proceed as scheduledNORMAN – Attorney General Mike Hunter today released the following statement after Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman denied Johnson & Johnson’s motion for directed judgment, meaning the trial will proceed as scheduled.Defendants filed the motion after the state rested last week, arguing not enough evidence had been produced for the trial to continue. Judge Balkman determined the state had offered enough evidence for the public nuisance cl...  Read More...

  • After Resting Case, State Points to Critical Evidence that Shows Johnson & Johnson is Kingpin Behind State’s Opioid Epidemic

    NORMAN – Attorney General Mike Hunter and attorneys representing the state in its case against the nation’s leading drug manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, rested its case this week after five weeks of testimony that showed how the company conducted a multi-decade fraudulent marketing campaign that led to the deadliest manmade epidemic the nation has ever seen.“After over a month of testimony, we have shown why we believe that Johnson & Johnson is the Kingpin behind the o...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Announces Details of Teva Pharmaceuticals Settlement

    NORMAN – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced the terms of the $85 million settlement agreement with Israeli-based Teva Pharmaceuticals that was negotiated last month.In addition to the funds going to the state to be used to abate the opioid epidemic, Teva will not employ or contract with sales representatives to promote opioids in the state; the company will not use speakers, key opinion leaders or speaking events to promote opioids; and the company will not provide direct or indi...  Read More...

  • Readout of Dr. Andrew Kolodny’s Closing Remarks after Direct Examination during State Opioid Trial

     “I believe Johnson & Johnson was a major cause of our opioid crisis” – Dr. KolodnyWatch Dr. Kolodny’s closing remarks, here: https://bit.ly/2XbPualNORMAN – The following is a readout of Dr.   Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Announces Settlement with Teva Pharmaceuticals

    Trial still set for Tuesday against world’s largest drug maker, Johnson & JohnsonOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced an $85 million settlement agreement with Israeli-based Teva Pharmaceuticals for its role in fueling the state’s opioid epidemic.While the terms of the settlement agreement may take up to two weeks to finalize, the money will go to the state once it’s received. The funds will then be used to abate the opioid crisis in Oklahoma. A...  Read More...

  • The Role of Litigation in Response to the Opioid Epidemic

    In March, Purdue Pharma agreed to pay $270 million to the state of Oklahoma in the first state settlement of litigation stemming from the opioid epidemic. There are more than 1,600 other cases pending across the United States. As more of these cases head towards possible settlement agreements, public health experts are weighing in on the best use of these funds to respond to the ongoing crisis.   Read More...

  • The Oklahoman | Majority of Americans blame drug companies for opioid crisis

    by BEN FELDERPublished: Sun, April 28, 2019 Fifty-seven percent of Americans believe pharmaceutical companies should be held responsible for making the opioid crisis worse, according to a new poll by NPR and Ipsos.The poll also found a third of Americans have been touched directly by the opioid epidemic."One in three have been personally affected in some way, either by knowing someone who has overdosed or by knowing someone with an opioid addiction," said Mallory Newall,...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Encourages Oklahomans to Participate in Annual DEA Take Back Day

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Hunter is encouraging Oklahomans to participate in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, April 27.The DEA will have multiple location across the state accepting expired or unused prescription drugs between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.   Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Comments on Today’s Developments in State’s Opioid Case

    NORMAN – Attorney General Mike Hunter released the following statement after today’s hearing in the state’s case against opioid manufacturers, where Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman ruled the state’s public nuisance claim will be tried before him, rather than a jury.Johnson & Johnson was the only defendant that argued on behalf of a jury trial. After hearing arguments from the company and the state, Judge Balkman said the defendant was not entitled to a ju...  Read More...

  • The Oklahoman: Point of View: Opioid deal a win for Oklahoma

    By Renzi Stone | Published: April 7, 2019Problems don’t solve themselves. Attorney General Mike Hunter should be applauded for the historic and visionary $270 million settlement he recovered from Purdue Pharmaceuticals, makers of OxyContin, for the people of Oklahoma.This settlement is as visionary as it is large. Oklahoma ranks at the top in several tragic categories related to opioid overdoses and addiction, and Hunter has shown commendable courage in trying to turn back this fatal tide....  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Moves to Refocus State Opioid Case, End Defendants Attempted Stall Tactics

    NORMAN –Attorney General Mike Hunter today dismissed without prejudice several claims filed against opioid manufacturers, refocusing the case on its central claim, abating the public nuisance caused by the companies’ decades-long fraudulent marketing campaigns.The move came during another hearing where defendants were tying up the court and the state’s attorneys with a blizzard of pretrial motions.The state dismissed all claims other than its public nuisance claim, which has al...  Read More...

  • The Oklahoman: Editorial: Deal is a game-changer for Oklahoma

    By The Oklahoman Editorial Board | Published: March 31, 2019Minnesota is known as home of the Mayo Clinic, renowned for its treatment of various medical issues. Texas boasts the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, considered the nation’s foremost hospital for cancer care.   Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Announces Historic $270 Million Settlement with Purdue Pharma, $200 Million to Establish Endowment for OSU Center for Wellness

    May 28 trial against other defendants still on trackTULSA, Okla. – Attorney General Mike Hunter and Oklahoma State University leaders today announced an historic settlement with Purdue Pharma that will establish a nearly $200 million endowment at the Oklahoma State University’s Center for Wellness and Recovery, which will go toward treating the ongoing addiction epidemic nationwide.The trial against Johnson & Johnson, Teva and the other defendants named in the state’s lawsu...  Read More...

  • Oklahoma Supreme Court Denies Defendants Appeal of Lower Court Decision, Keeping State Trial against Opioid Manufacturers Set for May

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by opioid manufacturers that sought to delay the state’s upcoming trial against them.The Supreme Court’s decision to not review the defendants’ appeal upholds Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman’s prior ruling to not delay the start of the trial by 100 days. The defendants asked for the delay, claiming attorneys working on the case couldn’t meet the deadlines set by judges.Attorney Gene...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Comments on Supreme Court Ruling, Denying Opioid Manufacturers’ Requested Stay

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today released the following statement after Supreme Court Chief Justice Noma Gurich ruled against the defendants in the state’s trial against the nation’s leading opioid manufacturers, requiring the companies to meet all current deadlines.Today’s ruling was given in response to Purdue Pharma’s appeal of District Judge Thad Balkman’s ruling on Friday to not delay the May 28 trial date for 100 days, as argued by defe...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Mike Hunter Lauds Judge Balkman’s Decision to not Delay State’s Opioid Trial

    NORMAN – Attorney General Mike Hunter today commended Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman for ruling in the state’s favor, avoiding a delay in the state’s trial against the nation’s leading manufacturers of opioid pain medication.Today’s ruling was in response to a motion by the defendants, asking the judge to delay the start of the trial for 100 days. With the judge’s ruling, the trial remains on schedule to begin May 28.“I applaud the ruling b...  Read More...

  • Newly Public Documents in State Opioid Case Shine Light on Covert Public Relations Campaign

    Documents: Purdue Pharma hired PR firm to spread misinformationOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today obtained release of documents previously confidential in the state’s case against the nation’s leading opioid manufacturers that show Purdue Pharma planned and executed a covert disinformation campaign with a public relations firm that attacked attorneys general who had either filed lawsuits or were considering filing law suits against opioid manufacturers.The docum...  Read More...

  • Enid News & Eagle | State convenes review board to track opioid deaths

    James Neal | Enid News & EagleJan 31, 2019Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter launched a new review board Tuesday to track the number of opioid-related deaths in the state.The Opioid Overdose Fatality Review Board was created through House Bill 2798, which was signed into law last May and became effective in November.State health agency heads and members of law enforcement, legal and health care communities comprise the 19-member board, which held its first meeting Tuesday in Hunter's ...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Announces Opioid Commission to Reconvene, Appoints two New Members

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse will continue its work studying the state’s opioid overdose and addiction epidemic when it reconvenes for the first time this year on Thursday.In addition to discussing more ways to address the ongoing opioid crisis, the commission will welcome two new legislative members in Sen. Roger Thompson, R-Okemah, and Rep. Chris Kannady, R-Oklahoma City.   Read More...

  • Opioid Overdose Fatality Review Board to Begin Meeting Tuesday

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Hunter today announced the first meeting of the Opioid Overdose Fatality Review Board will be tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the Attorney General’s Office at 1 p.m.The Opioid Overdose Fatality Review Board was a key legislative recommendation last year by the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse.The 19-member board is comprised of state health agency heads, members of the law enforcement, legal and health care communities. Together, they will study caus...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Encourages Oklahomans to Participate In Saturday's National Take Back Day

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter is encouraging Oklahomans to take Saturday’s National Take Back Day as an opportunity to properly dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs in their homes.Take Back Day is a bi-annual effort by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that provides individuals with a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing unused or expired prescription medication. The event also aims to raise awareness about the dangers of...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter, OBN Director Scully Showcase ODMAP Technology, Announce Hiring of 10 Compliance Officers for Opioid Diversion

    OBN providing free ODMAP training for first responders statewideAttorney General Mike Hunter speaks during a news conference at OBN headquarters Friday to announce new initiatives to combat the opioid epidemic.OKLAHOMA CITY - Attorney General Mike Hunter and Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) Director John Scully today showcased the newest technology the agency is utilizing to track overdoses across the state and urged first responders to sign up for a free training. The ODMAP is a free law enforcem...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Orders Outdoor Office Lights Turned to Purple in Observance of International Overdose Awareness Day

    Lights outside the building will remain purple through the weekendOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced the lights outside of the Attorney General’s Office in Oklahoma City will turn purple from Friday night through the weekend in observance of International Overdose Awareness Day and in remembrance of Oklahomans who have died from an overdose.International Overdose Awareness Day is an annual global event held Aug. 31 and aims to raise awareness of overdose dea...  Read More...

  • Killing Pain: Seven – Part Documentary Series Detailing the Origins of the Oklahoma Opioid Epidemic Now Available

    Killing Pain, a seven part documentary series chronicling the state’s opioid addiction epidemic launched this week and is available to view, free of charge, on https://www.killingpain.com/.OKLAHOMA CITY – Killing Pain, a seven part documentary series chronicling the state’s opioid addiction epidemic launched this week and is available to view, free of charge, on https://www.killingpain.com/.The in-depth documentary explores the public health crisis in Oklahoma from its origin t...  Read More...

  • Judge Orders Purdue Pharma, Janssen Pharmaceuticals to Produce Witnesses After Emergency Hearing

    NORMAN – Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman today ordered Purdue Pharma and Janssen Pharmaceuticals to make witnesses available next week for deposition by Attorney General Mike Hunter’s legal team.The order came in response to emergency motions filed by the state earlier this week asking the court to sanction the companies for not complying with prior court orders to produce witnesses for depositions.In the two emergency motions, the state claimed that both Purdue and Jans...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Commends Judge Balkman’s Decision to Allow Cameras in the Courtroom for State Opioid Trial

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today commended the decision by Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman to allow journalists to use cameras in the courtroom during the state’s trial against the nation’s leading manufacturers of opioids, scheduled for May 2019.The announcement comes after attorneys representing The Oklahoman Publishing Company sent a letter to Judge Balkman requesting the use of cameras during the trial.In May, Attorney General Hunter sent the ...  Read More...

  • Attorney General Hunter Announces State’s Opioid Lawsuit Returned to State Court to be Tried in Cleveland County

    Hunter: We want to prove our case in front of OklahomansOKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced United States District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange granted the state’s motion to remand, returning the state’s lawsuit against the nation’s leading manufacturers of opioids back to Cleveland County.Attorney General Hunter said the state’s case remains on track for the May 2019 trial date before Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman.“With t...  Read More...