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Oklahoma Narrows Opioid Suit Before Trial in J&J, Teva Case

  • State surrenders fraud claim, some damages from drug makers
  • First-in-nation opioid liability trial set to start on May 28

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The state of Oklahoma narrowed its case against drug makers including Johnson & Johnson, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Allergan Plc, dropping fraud and other allegations while pressing ahead with a public-nuisance claim.

The decision, revealed in a two-page court filing Thursday, comes less than two months before the scheduled start of a trial in Norman, Oklahoma. The state will be the first state in the nation to bring its claims against drug makers. The decision to drop the claims also means the case will be heard solely by a judge, without a jury.