Probiotic Drug Cos. In Contempt For Violating Ad Injunction

Law360 (July 31, 2020, 9:58 PM EDT) -- A Maryland federal judge on Thursday ruled that two drug companies are in contempt for violating an injunction that followed an $18 million jury verdict that they wrongfully used their former business partners' proprietary probiotic formula, saying the companies committed "blatant violations" of the injunction in their promotional materials.

U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang found that VSL Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Alfasigma USA, Inc. – referred to as the "VSL parties" – violated his permanent injunction following their trial loss to Claudio De Simone and drug company ExeGi Pharma LLC.

The judge said the VSL defendants violated the injunction through statements made in...

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