MONCTON, New Brunswick--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has partially overturned the certification of a class action (the “Class Action”) against Organigram Inc. (the "Company" or "Organigram") and its parent company Organigram Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: OGI) (TSX: OGI), a leading licensed producer of cannabis in Canada, on April 30, 2020 thereby significantly reducing the scope of the claim against the Company.
The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal ruled that the Plaintiff failed to present any evidence that the cannabis purchased by medical customers in 2016 could cause any particular adverse health effects. As a result, class members cannot bring claims for damages for adverse health effects in the class proceeding.
An individual filed the Class Action in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia on behalf of class members who purchased medical cannabis that the Company voluntarily recalled in December 2016 and January 2017.
The Class Action will continue on the limited grounds of the claimed reimbursement of funds paid for the cannabis purchased by customers in 2016. Organigram will continue to defend what remains of the Class Action as it has already voluntarily reimbursed many of its customers for this recall via a comprehensive credit and refund program. Organigram previously reported the Class Action to its insurance provider which appointed counsel to defend the Class Action. Insurance may be available to cover all or a portion of the fees or damages which may be associated with the Class Action although the Company’s coverage may be subject to varying limits or exclusions. While the ultimate outcome of any Court process is difficult to ascertain, Organigram management does not anticipate that what remains of the class action (including the resolution thereof) will affect its business or operations in any material way.
About Organigram Holdings Inc.
Organigram Holdings Inc. is a NASDAQ Global Select and TSX listed company whose wholly owned subsidiary, Organigram Inc., is a licensed producer of cannabis and cannabis-derived products in Canada.
Organigram is focused on producing high-quality, indoor-grown cannabis for patients and adult recreational consumers in Canada, as well as developing international business partnerships to extend the Company's global footprint. Organigram has also developed a portfolio of legal adult use recreational cannabis brands including The Edison Cannabis Company, Ankr Organics and Trailblazer. Organigram's primary facility is located in Moncton, New Brunswick and the Company is regulated by the Cannabis Act and the Cannabis Regulations (Canada).
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