STAT+: Tennessee judge sanctions Endo for withholding opioid documents, refuses to recuse himself from case

"The withholding of documents by Endo was willful, not inadvertent and part of a long-term pattern of behavior," the judge wrote.

Endo International (ENDP) was sanctioned by a Tennessee state court judge for using a “coordinated strategy” to withhold millions of documents in a lawsuit contending the company contributed to the opioid crisis, the second time in less than a year the company was penalized for such behavior. The judge also rejected Endo’s request that he disqualify himself from the case.

In a harshly worded decision, circuit court Judge Jonathan Young found the drugmaker attempted to delay a lawsuit brought by dozens of counties and cities, which are seeking compensation after accusing Endo of allowing distribution of its prescription painkiller in the illegal drug market. About 75% of the alleged abuse of its flagship product, Opana ER, occurred in the state, according to court documents.

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