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State v. Purdue Pharma L.P.

Superior Court of Rhode Island, Providence

December 20, 2019

STATE OF RHODE ISLAND, by and through, PETER NERONHA, Attorney General Plaintiff,
v.
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.

          Purdue 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.

          Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. • Gardner H. Palmer, Jr., Esq.

          DECISION

          GIBNEY, P.J.

         Before 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 Attorney General.

         Rule 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)). ...


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