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Thu Oct 17, 2019, 07:39 AM

Oklahoma judge miscalculated how much Johnson & Johnson would pay for the state's opioid crisis

Source: CNN

Oklahoma judge miscalculated how much Johnson & Johnson would pay for the state's opioid crisis

By Stephanie Becker and Emily Smith, CNN
Updated 1155 GMT (1955 HKT) October 16, 2019

(CNN) The Oklahoma judge who recently ordered pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million for its role in the state's opioid crisis says he made a mathematical error when calculating the judgment.

As part of the landmark verdict in August, Judge Thad Balkman set aside $107,683,000 to help combat neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS. The problem -- he added three too many zeroes and meant to award $107,683.

The state had asked for nearly $17.2 billion to compensate for the deaths of state residents.

On Tuesday, Balkman agreed with Johnson and Johnson regarding the error. "That's the last time I use that calculator," he said.

It's not clear how this will impact the overall judgment.

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Read more: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/15/health/oklahoma-opioid-judgment-miscalculation/index.html

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