Mallinckrodt Finalizes Settlement to Resolve "Track 1" Opioid Cases with the Ohio Counties of Cuyahoga and Summit
- All named Mallinckrodt entities dismissed with prejudice from the lawsuit
- Company to focus efforts on achieving a global resolution of all opioid lawsuits
STAINES-UPON-THAMES, United Kingdom, Sept. 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Mallinckrodt plc (NYSE: MNK), along with its wholly owned subsidiaries Mallinckrodt LLC and SpecGx LLC, today announced that it has executed a definitive settlement agreement and release (the "Settlement Agreement") with Cuyahoga and Summit Counties in Ohio in connection with lawsuits pending in multidistrict opioid litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio: The County of Cuyahoga, et al. v. Purdue Pharma, L.P., et al., Case No. 17-OP-45004; and The County of Summit, et al. v. Purdue Pharma, L.P., et al., Case No. 18-OP-45090 (collectively, the "Track 1 Cases").
The settlement fully resolves the Track 1 Cases against all named Mallinckrodt entities that are currently scheduled to go to trial in October, 2019, in the MDL. The Track 1 Cases assert various claims related to the opioid business operated by SpecGx LLC.
Under the agreement, Mallinckrodt will pay $24 million in cash and provide $6 million in generic products, including addiction treatment products. It also will provide a $500,000 payment in two years in recognition of the counties' time and expenses. Further, in the event of a comprehensive resolution of government-related opioid claims, Mallinckrodt has agreed that the two plaintiff counties will receive the value they would have received under such a resolution, less the payments described above. All named Mallinckrodt entities will be dismissed with prejudice from the lawsuit. The value of the settlement should not be extrapolated to any other opioid-related cases or claims.
"Mallinckrodt is pleased to finalize this settlement agreement with the Cuyahoga and Summit Counties," said Mark Casey, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Mallinckrodt. "With the Track 1 Cases resolved, we look forward to focusing our efforts on achieving a global resolution of all the opioid lawsuits."
For more information on Mallinckrodt's work to combat prescription drug abuse and misuse, please visit www.mallinckrodt.com/solutions.
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