Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman is expected to rule today in a landmark lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson that will set the stage for future lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies. The decision would be the first of its kind as states try to hold pharmaceutical companies responsible for the opioid epidemic that has killed hundreds of thousand of Americans. Indiana University law experts are available to comment. For more information, contact April Toler at 812-855-3851 or [email protected].

Jody Madeira is a professor at the IU Maurer School of Law. Her scholarly interests involve empirical research; the role of emotion in law; the sociology of law; law, medicine and bioethics; and the Second Amendment. She is principal investigator on a grant to design and implement S.U.N., a multimedia web portal integrating educational videos and a mobile health tracking application for college students that addresses alcohol, marijuana, opioid and stimulant use disorders.

She can be reached at [email protected] or 812-856-1082.

Nicolas Terry is the Hall Render Professor of Law at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and executive director of the Hall Center for Law and Health. Educated at Kingston University and the University of Cambridge, his research interests lie at the intersection of medicine, law and information technology. He has a strong interest in the current lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies by cities, counties and states throughout the U.S.

He can be reached at [email protected] or 317-274-8087

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