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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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