Endo Comments on Entry of Default Liability Judgment in Tennessee State Court Case
DUBLIN, April 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP) today announced the entry of an order granting a default judgment on liability against its wholly-owned subsidiaries Endo Health Solutions Inc. (EHSI) and Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. (EPI) in Staubus, et al. v. Purdue Pharma, L.P., et al., Case No. C-41916, which has been pending in the Circuit Court for Sullivan County at Kingsport, Tennessee since 2017.
The Staubus case involves allegations by three Tennessee District Attorneys General and an individual plaintiff that EHSI's and EPI's sale of prescription opioid medications violated Tennessee's Drug Dealer Liability Act (DDLA). In December 2020, the Tennessee Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Tennessee's District Attorneys General do not have standing to bring claims under the DDLA. On April 5, 2021, the Staubus court permitted several Tennessee counties to substitute into the case in place of the District Attorney General plaintiffs. The next day, on April 6, 2021, the Staubus court entered a default judgment against Endo on liability as a sanction for alleged discovery improprieties. The order does not address the issue of damages, which the Staubus court ordered to be tried at a future date.
Endo takes its discovery obligations seriously and has made extraordinary efforts to address the Staubus court's concerns, including by hiring an additional law firm, producing hundreds of thousands of additional documents and offering additional depositions at Endo's expense. Endo strongly disagrees with the Staubus court's orders, which it believes are procedurally, factually, and legally deficient. The Company will seek review of the Staubus court's orders by the Tennessee appellate courts.
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Certain information in this press release may be considered "forward-looking statements," within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and any applicable Canadian securities legislation including, but not limited to, the statements relating to the status and outcome of litigation. All forward-looking statements in this press release reflect Endo's current expectations of future events based on information available to Endo as of the date of this press release. If underlying assumptions prove inaccurate or unknown risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results could vary materially from Endo's expectations and projections, including with respect to the impact of the Staubus case or any other litigation, investigation or settlement proceeding on our financial statements, including our cash flows from operations; our ability to adjust to changing market conditions; our ability to attract and retain key personnel; our ability to maintain compliance with our financial obligations under certain of our outstanding debt obligations, causing a downgrade of our debt and long-term corporate ratings (which could increase our cost of capital) and exposing us to potential events of default (if not cured or waived) under financial and operating covenants contained in our or our subsidiaries' outstanding indebtedness; our ability to incur additional borrowings under the covenants in our then-existing facilities or to obtain additional debt or equity financing for working capital, capital expenditures, business development, debt service requirements, acquisitions or general corporate or other purposes, or to refinance our indebtedness; and/or a significant reduction in our short-term and long-term revenues and/or otherwise cause us to be unable to fund our operations and liquidity needs, such as future capital expenditures and payment of our indebtedness. The occurrence or possibility of any such result may cause us to engage in a strategic review that ultimately results in our pursuing one or more significant corporate transactions or remedial measures. Other risks and uncertainties include general industry and market conditions; technological advances and patents attained by competitors; challenges inherent in the research and development and regulatory processes, including regulatory decisions, product recalls, withdrawals and other unusual items; challenges related to product marketing, such as the unpredictability of market acceptance for new products and/or the acceptance of new indications for such products; inconsistency of treatment results among patients; potential difficulties in manufacturing; general economic conditions; and governmental laws and regulations affecting domestic and foreign operations. Endo expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements except as required by law. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors can be found in Endo's periodic reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and in Canada on the System for Electronic Data Analysis and Retrieval, including current reports on Form 8-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and annual reports on Form 10-K.
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