(TIME) — Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $572 million for its role in the opioid crisis. With similar lawsuits filed across the country, that could be just the beginning.
A slew of legal challenges that could be affected by the Oklahoma verdict are underway in state and federal courts throughout the country.
A much bigger federal case before an Ohio judge involves at least 1,600 consolidated lawsuits from cities and counties from across the country, including hard-hit regions like Portsmouth, Ohio and Huntington, W.Va. The nationwide suit was filed in Ohio because of the state’s high opioid overdose rate, its proximity to various drugmakers’ headquarters and the judge’s experience on a previous consolidated case involving damage claims related to dyes used in magnetic resonance imaging procedures, according to the Associated Press. It is scheduled to go to trial in October.