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Closing arguments set in Oklahoma's case against drugmakers

Thad Balkman Photo: AP. Thad Balkman

July 11, 2019 04:22 PM

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Closing arguments are expected to begin Monday in Oklahoma's case blaming consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries for the state's opioid drug crisis.

A court spokesman said Thursday that each side will be given two hours to make their arguments before Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman.

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Court spokesman Bob Burke says Balkman is expected to take the case under advisement and that it could take at least a month to make his decision. Burke says the judge is expected to read his decision in open court.

Oklahoma alleges opioid drugmakers caused a public nuisance in the state by aggressively promoting the highly addictive drugs. The company maintains it acted responsibly and that the state has failed to prove its case.

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