STAT+: Endo wins a reprieve in an opioid lawsuit in Tennessee as appeals court overturns sanctions

The appeals court's action does not mean that Endo has escaped liability, but the issue will be evaluated yet again, by a new judge.

Endo International won a key battle over its role in the opioid crisis in Tennessee after a state appeals court ruled a lower court judge appeared “antagonistic” and expressed “apparent bias” when he recently sanctioned the company for withholding documents.

In its ruling, an appeals court panel reviewed an unusual case in which Circuit Court Judge Jonathan Young found Endo used a “coordinated strategy” to delay a lawsuit accusing the company of allowing its prescription painkiller to be distributed in the illegal drug market. But Young had also chastised the company in an interview with a legal news site and made questionable remarks on his Facebook page.

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