Johnson & Johnson would provide $10 million to Cuyahoga and Summit counties and $5 million to reimburse legal and other expenses. The company would also give $5.4 million to non-profit groups in connection with opioid-related programs for both counties.
The settlement allows Johnson & Johnson to avoid a federal trial.
CNN has reached out to an attorney for the plaintiffs and officials at both counties for comment.
“The settlement allows the Company to avoid the resource demands and uncertainty of a trial as it continues to seek meaningful progress in addressing the nation’s opioid crisis,” Johnson & Johnson said in a statement. “The Company recognizes the opioid crisis is a complex public health challenge and is working collaboratively to help communities and people in need.”
Johnson & Johnson noted the settlement agreement would resolve “all of the counties’ claims with no admission of liability,” according to a statement.
The landmark trial is scheduled to begin October 21 and combines nearly 2,000 cases involving cities, counties, communities and tribal lands. It accuses drug manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies and practitioners of shipping “hundreds of millions” of suspicious opioid doses over 20 years to their jurisdictions.