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Commitment and Contingencies: Legal Proceedings

Commitment and Contingencies: Legal Proceedings
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2022
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitment and Contingencies: Legal Proceedings Commitment and Contingencies: Legal Proceedings
We record an estimate of a loss when the loss is considered probable and estimable. Where a liability is probable and there is a range of estimated loss and no amount in the range is more likely than any other number in the range, we record the minimum estimated liability related to the claim in accordance with ASC 450, Contingencies. As additional information becomes available, we assess the potential liability related to our pending litigation and revises our estimates. Revisions in our estimates of potential liability could materially impact our results of operations.

On October 31, 2019, we received three civil complaints filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio on behalf of several Indian tribes. The Northern District of Ohio is the Court that the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation (“JPML”) has assigned more than one thousand civil cases which have been designated as a Multi-District Litigation (“MDL”) and captioned In Re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation. The allegations in these complaints focus on the activities of defendants other than the Company and no individualized factual allegations have been advanced against us in any of the three complaints. We reject all claims raised in the complaints and intend to vigorously defend these matters.

CyDex and Baxter Healthcare Corp. (“Baxter”) are parties to a license agreement relating to Ligand’s Captisol technology and, more specifically, relating to Captisol-enabled Nexterone (amiodarone HCl premixed injection). Baxter contends that it has overpaid royalties for several years, and seeks both refunds of those overpayment and that its royalty payments end as of May 4, 2022, the expiration date of one of the patents licensed under the agreement. CyDex contends that Baxter has not paid the royalties due to CyDex under the terms of the license agreement. On April 6, 2021, Baxter initiated an arbitration with the
American Arbitration Association pursuant to the arbitration provision of the license agreement. On April 21, 2021, CyDex filed an Answering Statement and Counterdemand. On December 2, 2021, Baxter filed an Amended Notice of Arbitration Demand also seeking a declaration limiting the “royalty term” of the license agreement to “the later of i) the expiration of the licensed patent; or ii) when there are no longer any CyDex patents listed in the Orange Book for Nexterone.” Baxter has subsequently clarified this position, and asserts that royalties ceased being due when CyDex’s U.S. Patent No. 6,869,939 expired on May 4, 2022. On December 16, 2021, CyDex filed an Answer to Baxter’s Amended Demand. The parties conducted a three-day arbitration hearing between May 24 and May 26, 2022, and subsequently submitted two sets of post-hearing briefs. The arbitrator’s decision is expected before the end of 2022.

From time to time, we may also become subject to other legal proceedings or claims arising in the ordinary course of our business. We currently believe that none of the claims or actions pending against us is likely to have, individually or in the aggregate, a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition or results of operations. Given the unpredictability inherent in litigation, however, we cannot predict the outcome of these matters.