Tennessee judge holds drug firm in contempt over discovery

Published 12:51 pm Friday, May 8, 2020

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GREENEVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee judge has found a drug company in contempt of court for failing to cooperate in a document search in a lawsuit over its role in the opioid epidemic.
According to The Greeneville Sun, Sullivan County Circuit Court Judge E.G. Moody made the ruling this week that Endo Pharmaceuticals failed to do a reasonable search and produce responsive documents in response to the plaintiffs’ discovery request.
“The court is even more concerned with the untrue statements made by the Endo Defendants’ attorneys than their failure to do a reasonable search,” the judge wrote.
The lawsuit filed by several district attorneys claims multiple drug companies should be held liable under Tennessee’s Drug Dealer Liability Act for roles in the opioid epidemic.
The trial date has been moved to Aug. 17. It had been scheduled for May 18 in Bristol, Tenn. The lawsuit was filed in 2017.

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