US judge removes Ireland-based opioid manufacturer’s legal protection

A judge in Tennessee has found Dublin-based Endo International liable in an opioid marketing case by default and is stripping the company of legal protections in an upcoming trial.

A rare move, the judge issued a so-called default judgment against Endo on Monday after finding the company knowingly concealed documents from Tennessee municipalities about the marketing their opioid-based pain relievers.

The 13 counties want up to $23 billion (€21 billion) from Endo and other defendants to reimburse tax dollars spent fighting the public health crisis.

The judge’s move punished the company for not turning in the filings by determining that it was responsible for the county’s claims.

As a result, Endo, whose CEO is Blaise Coleman, faces a damages-only trial next year that will decide how much the company will have to pay for opioid mishandling.

“The court found Endo’s withholding of documents was intentional, not unintentional, and was part of a long-standing pattern of behavior,” Judge Jonathan Lee Young said in the 10-page order. me.

While default judgments are relatively common in litigation in the United States, Endo has faced several instances of failure to file records related to its opioid marketing strategy.

In April, another Tennessee judge banned the opium producer from defending himself over the matter of documentation. Five months later, Endo paid $35 million to settle the case.

Last year, Endo avoided a default judgment in a New York opioid case about the same information-sharing issue by agreeing to pay $50 million to settle that case and make the matter examined. break the debate.

Heather Zoumas-Lubeski, a spokeswoman for Endo, did not return emails and calls Monday seeking comment on the latest default judgment against the company.

In a statement earlier this month following a hearing before Judge Young, Endo’s representative said there was “no valid basis” for sanctioning the company again over missing records.

“Instead of applying the law to prior facts, the court inappropriately applied the findings of another Tennessee court in a different case,” said Matthew Maletta, Endo’s chief legal officer.

The counties of Tennessee allege Endo, along with opioid manufacturer Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, and pharmacy chains such as CVS Health Corp and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc, mishandled opioid painkillers and created so-called “” public nuisance” with their lax oversight of highly addictive drugs.

More than 500,000 Americans have died from opioid-related overdoses in the past two decades.

State and local governments are seeking to recover billions of dollars in tax dollars spent fighting the loss of opioid addiction. States and municipalities have collected more than $26 billion in settlements to date in litigation.

Judge Young, elected to his position in 2014, explained the basis for his ruling against Endo in an interview with Law360.com.

“It was the worst case of document hiding I’ve ever seen,” the judge told the news service.

“It’s like an episode from a John Grisham movie, except it’s even worse than he could have dreamed of.”

https://www.independent.ie/business/world/us-judge-eliminates-legal-defences-of-irish-based-opioid-maker-41400501.html US judge removes Ireland-based opioid manufacturer’s legal protection

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