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Note 16 - Contingencies

Note 16 - Contingencies
12 Months Ended
Nov. 30, 2018
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  

From time to time, the Company may be exposed to claims and legal actions in the normal course of business. As at November 30, 2018, and continuing as at February 21, 2019, the Company is not aware of any pending or threatened material litigation claims against the Company, other than as described below.

In November 2016, the Company filed an NDA for its abuse-deterrent oxycodone hydrochloride extended release tablets (formerly referred to as RexistaTM) (“Oxycodone ER”) product candidate, relying on the 505(b)(2) regulatory pathway, which allowed the Company to reference data from Purdue Pharma L.P.'s file for its OxyContin® extended release oxycodone hydrochloride. The Oxycodone ER application was accepted by the FDA for further review in February 2017. The Company certified to the FDA that it believed its Oxycodone ER product candidate would not infringe any of the OxyContin® patents listed in the Orange Book, or that such patents are invalid, and so notified Purdue Pharma L.P. and the other owners of the subject patents listed in the Orange Book of such certification. On April 7, 2017, the Company had received notice that Purdue Pharma L.P., Purdue Pharmaceuticals L.P., The P.F. Laboratories, Inc., or collectively the Purdue parties, Rhodes Technologies, and Grünenthal GmbH, or collectively the Purdue litigation plaintiffs, had commenced patent infringement proceedings against the Company in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware (docket number 17-392) in respect of the Company’s NDA filing for Oxycodone ER, alleging that its proposed Oxycodone ER infringes 6 out of the 16 patents associated with the branded product OxyContin®, or the OxyContin® patents, listed in the Orange Book. The complaint seeks injunctive relief as well as attorneys' fees and costs and such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and proper. An answer and counterclaim have been filed.

Subsequent to the above-noted filing of lawsuit, 4 further such patents were listed and published in the Orange Book. The Company then similarly certified to the FDA concerning such further patents. On March 16, 2018, the Company received notice that the Purdue litigation plaintiffs had commenced further such patent infringement proceedings against the Company adding the 4 further patents. This lawsuit is also in the District of Delaware federal court under docket number 18-404.

As a result of the commencement of the first of these legal proceedings, the FDA is stayed for 30 months from granting final approval to the Company’s Oxycodone ER product candidate. That time period commenced on February 24, 2017, when the Purdue litigation plaintiffs received notice of the Company’s certification concerning the patents, and will expire on August 24, 2019, unless the stay is earlier terminated by a final declaration of the courts that the patents are invalid, or are not infringed, or the matter is otherwise settled among the parties.

On or about June 26, 2018 the court issued an order to sever 6 overlapping patents from the second Purdue case, but ordered litigation to proceed on the 4 new (2017-issued) patents. An answer and counterclaim was filed July 9, 2018. The existence and publication of additional patents in the Orange Book, and litigation arising therefrom, is an ordinary and to be expected occurrence in the course of such litigation.

On July 6, 2018 the court issued a so-called “Markman” claim construction ruling on the first case and the October 22, 2018 trial date remained unchanged. The Company believes that it has non-infringement and/or invalidity defenses to all of the asserted claims of the subject patents in both of the cases and will vigorously defend against these claims.

On July 24, 2018, the parties to the case mutually agreed to and did have dismissed without prejudice the infringement claims related to the Grünenthal ‘060 patent. The Grünenthal ‘060 patent is one of the six patents included in the original litigation case, however, the dismissal does not by itself result in a termination of the 30-month litigation stay.

On October 4, 2018, the parties mutually agreed to postpone the scheduled court date pending a case status conference scheduled for December 17, 2018. At that time, further trial scheduling and other administrative matters were postponed pending the Company’s anticipated resubmission of the Oxycodone ER NDA to the FDA, which is due no later than February 28, 2019.

In July 2017, three complaints were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York that were later consolidated under the caption Shanawaz v. Intellipharmaceutics Int’l Inc., et al., No. 1:17-cv-05761 (S.D.N.Y.).  The lead plaintiffs filed a consolidated amended complaint on January 29, 2018.  In the amended complaint, the lead plaintiffs assert claims on behalf of a putative class consisting of purchasers of our securities between May 21, 2015 and July 26, 2017.  The amended complaint alleges that the defendants violated Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder by making allegedly false and misleading statements or failing to disclose certain information regarding our NDA for Oxycodone ER abuse-deterrent oxycodone hydrochloride extended release tablets.  The complaint seeks, among other remedies, unspecified damages, attorneys’ fees and other costs, equitable and/or injunctive relief, and such other relief as the court may find just and proper.  On March 30, 2018, the Company and the other defendants filed a motion to dismiss the amended complaint for failure to state a valid claim. The defendants’ motion to dismiss was granted in part, and denied in part, in an Order dated December 17, 2018. In its Order, the court dismissed certain of the plaintiffs’ securities claims, to the extent that the claims were based upon statements describing the Oxycodone ER product’s abuse-deterrent features and its bioequivalence to OxyContin. However, the court allowed the claims to proceed to the extent plaintiffs challenged certain public statements describing the contents of the Company’s Oxycodone ER NDA. Defendants filed an answer to the amended complaint on January 7, 2019, and discovery is ongoing. We intend to vigorously defend against the remainder of the claims asserted in the consolidated action.

On February 21, 2019, the Company and its CEO, Dr. Isa Odidi, received a Statement of Claim concerning an action against them in the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario under the caption Victor Romita, plaintiff, and Intellipharmaceutics International Inc and Isa Odidi, defendants. The action seeks certification as a class action and alleges that certain public statements made by the Company in the period February 29, 2016 to July 26, 2017 knowingly or negligently contained or omitted material. The claim alleges that those statements knowingly or negligently contained or omitted material facts concerning the Company’s NDA for Oxycodone ER abuse-deterrent oxycodone hydrochloride extended release tablets. The plaintiff alleges that he suffered loss and damages as a result of trading in the Company’s shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange during the above-noted period. The claim seeks, among other remedies, unspecified damages, legal fees and court and other costs as the court may permit. At this time, the action has not been certified as a class action. The Company intends to vigorously defend against the claims asserted in this action.