STORY FROM: MDL Mass Tort & Class Action Monitor

Class Action Accusing J&J of Raising Insurance Premiums Via Opioid Crisis Dismissed

CAMDEN, N.J. — A New Jersey judge has dismissed a proposed class action accusing Johnson & Johnson and two of its subsidiaries of raising insurance premiums by creating and perpetuating the opioid crisis, ruling that the complaint failed to adequately allege causation.

In an Oct. 10 order, Judge Steven J. Polansky of the Camden County Superior Court found the plaintiff failed to specify how the actions of J&J, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Actavis Pharma Inc. and Actavis LLC caused him and the proposed class to pay more for health insurance.

The judge explained that it is “inherently problematic” and “highly impracticable” ...

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