An Oklahoma judge ruled that Johnson & Johnson was responsible for the state’s opioid crisis and ordered it to pay $572 million in fines. The judge said that the company compromised the health of people in the state by causing a "public nuisance". The fine includes the costs for substance abuse treatment, education, and medical services. J&J claims that the verdict is not supported by facts and will appeal the decision. Oklahoma’s attorney general, Mike Hunter, seeks payment of $17 billion, which is argued to be the full cost of the crisis.