STATE OF RHODE ISLAND, by and through, PETER NERONHA, Attorney General Plaintiff,
PURDUE PHARMA L.P.; PURDUE PHARMA INC.; THE PURDUE FREDERICK COMPANY, INC.; RHODES PHARMACEUTICALS L.P.; RHODES TECHNOLOGIES; RHODES TECHNOLOGIES INC.; RICHARD S. SACKLER; TEVA PHARMACEUTICALS USA, INC.; CEPHALON, INC.; MALLINCKRODT PLC; MALLINCKRODT, LLC; SPECGX, LLC; CARDINAL HEALTH, INC.; MCKESSON CORPORATION d/b/a MCKESSON DRUG COMPANY; and AMERISOURCEBERGEN DRUG CORPORATION, Defendants.
Plaintiff: • Peter F. Neronha, Esq.
Defendants: Amerisourcebergen Drug Corporation • Gerald
J. Petros, Esq.
Cardinal Health, Inc. • Robert C. Corrente, Esq.
Cephalon, Inc. • Gardner H. Palmer, Jr., Esq.
Mallinckrodt, LLC • Alden C. Harrington, Esq.
McKesson Corporation d/b/a McKesson Drug Company •
Joseph V. Cavanagh, Jr., Esq., • Mary C. Dunn, Esq.
Pharma L.P. • Matthew T. Oliverio, Esq.
Rhodes, Pharmaceuticals L.P. Rhodes Technologies Rhodes
Technologies, Inc. • Lawrence G. Cetrulo, Esq., •
Bryan M. Abramoske, Esq.
Richard S. Sackler • Leah L. Miraldi, Esq.
SpecGx, LLC • Alden C. Harrington, Esq.
Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. • Gardner H. Palmer, Jr., Esq.
this Court is the State's Motion for Leave to File a
Second Amended Complaint (Motion). The State seeks to amend
the Complaint to add eleven new defendants, all generic
opioid manufacturers who are subsidiaries of defendants Teva
Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. (Teva) and Cephalon, Inc.
(Cephalon). The State also seeks to amend the Complaint to
reflect the selection of Peter F. Neronha as Rhode Island
15(a) of the Rhode Island Superior Court Rules of Civil
Procedure permits a party to "amend the party's
pleading once as a matter of course" prior to responsive
pleadings, and thereafter, the party "may amend [its]
pleading only by leave of court or by written consent of the
adverse party; and leave shall be freely given when justice
so requires." Super. R. Civ. P. 15(a). The Rhode Island
Supreme Court has made clear that Rule 15(a) "liberally
permits amendment absent a showing of extreme
prejudice." Weybosset Hill Investments, LLC v.
Rossi, 857 A.2d 231, 236 (R.I. 2004) (quoting
Granoff Realty II, LP v. Rossi, 823 A.2d 296, 298
(R.I. 2003) (per curiam)). ...