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Oklahoma attorney general to appeal judge’s opioid ruling

November 21, 2019
FILE - In this May 28, 2019, file photo, Judge Thad Balkman listens in Norman, Okla., during opening arguments as a slide from the state's presentation is displayed on a monitor in Oklahoma's trial against drugmakers blamed for contributing to the opioid crisis. Judge Balkman reduces amount Johnson & Johnson must pay state to help clean up opioid crisis by $107 million to $465 million on Friday Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
FILE - In this May 28, 2019, file photo, Judge Thad Balkman listens in Norman, Okla., during opening arguments as a slide from the state's presentation is displayed on a monitor in Oklahoma's trial against drugmakers blamed for contributing to the opioid crisis. Judge Balkman reduces amount Johnson & Johnson must pay state to help clean up opioid crisis by $107 million to $465 million on Friday Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter says he plans to appeal a judge’s order directing consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson to pay the state $465 million to help address the state’s opioid crisis.

Hunter said Thursday the judge’s final order only covers one year of the state’s proposed abatement plan and that the actual costs to clean up the damage from the opioid crisis are much higher.

Attorneys for the company also say they plan to appeal.

Johnson & Johnson had asked the judge to consider reducing the final award based on pre-trial settlements totaling $355 million the state reached with other defendants in the case.

Cleveland County Judge Thad Balkman initially ordered the company to pay $572 million, but later reduced that amount after acknowledging a miscalculation.