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Oklahoma opioid ruling helps dozens of similar Indiana lawsuits

A big opioid verdict in Oklahoma bodes well for nearly two dozen similar lawsuits in Indiana.

The state of Indiana is suing drugmaker Purdue Pharma, accusing the company of ignoring or downplaying the addictiveness of opioid painkillers while aggressively marketing the drugs in Indiana.

At least seven counties and 13 cities, including Indianapolis, are pursuing their own lawsuits against Purdue Pharma and other drug companies.

On Monday, an Oklahoma judge ordered one of those companies, Johnson and Johnson, to pay the state 572-million dollars for the costs of treating Oklahomans now hooked on opioids.

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