Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces Preliminary Injunction Ruling In Connection With Rex Medical L.P. Litigation

Dec 02, 2010, 12:18 ET from Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

VANCOUVER, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ - Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:   ANPI; TSX: ANP) ("Angiotech" or the "Company") today announced that the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (the "District Court") has rendered a Decision and Order granting the petition of Rex Medical L.P. ("Rex") for a preliminary injunction pending the adjudication of an arbitration commenced by Rex on November 18, 2010.

The Company previously reported on November 24 that Rex had initiated the arbitration, which relates to a dispute with respect to the License, Supply, Marketing and Distribution Agreement between Angiotech US and Rex, dated March 13, 2008 (as amended, the "Agreement"), and sought preliminary injunctive relief from the District Court in aid of the arbitration.  The District Court's Decision and Order, released late in the day yesterday, enjoins Angiotech's subsidiary, Angiotech Pharmaceuticals (US), Inc., to continue performing under the Agreement for a period of 180 days or until the arbitration is concluded.  The injunction is conditioned on Rex's posting of a security bond in the amount of $100,000 by no later than December 11, 2010.  Should the required bond be posted in a timely manner, Angiotech intends to seek expedited appellate review of the District Court's ruling.  It is not possible at this time to predict the outcome of any appeal.  Apart from the outcome of any appeal, the Company intends to vigorously defend against Rex's claims in the arbitration. 

"We are still hopeful that we can facilitate amicable and expedient business discussions that will lead to a resolution of this situation with our partner Rex Medical," said Thomas Bailey, Chief Financial Officer of Angiotech.  "While we may respectfully disagree with the court's view of this situation, the more critical task at hand is completing our proposed recapitalization, which is necessary to assure the future of our company and products like Option. As we have been able to successfully collaborate with the company's most significant and senior creditors, as well as other partners, in recent months to adjust to Angiotech's current financial realities, we are prepared to work similarly with Rex Medical to complete a plan for our respective futures that makes sense for all parties."

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Given these uncertainties, assumptions and risk factors, investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, we disclaim any obligation to update any such factors or to publicly announce the result of any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect future results, events or developments.

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About Angiotech

Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a global specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company.  Angiotech discovers, develops and markets innovative treatment solutions for diseases or complications associated with medical device implants, surgical interventions and acute injury. To find out more about Angiotech (NASDAQ: ANPI, TSX: ANP), please visit our website at www.angiotech.com.

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