Form 8-K

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  September 4, 2020
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Item 8.01Other Events.

On July 16, 2020, Assertio Therapeutics, Inc. (“Assertio Therapeutics”), a subsidiary of Assertio Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”), and APR Applied Pharma Research SA (“APR”), received notice from Patrin Pharma Inc. (“Patrin”) advising that Patrin had filed an Abbreviated New Drug Application (“ANDA”) seeking to market a generic version of CAMBIA (diclofenac potassium for oral solution) 50 mg prior to the expiration of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,759,394, 8,097,651, 8,927,604 and 9,827,197, which are listed in the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) “Orange Book” for CAMBIA® (the “Orange Book Patents”). The Orange Book Patents are licensed to Assertio Therapeutics by APR.

On August 27, 2020, Assertio Therapeutics and APR filed a lawsuit against Patrin in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, seeking an injunction to prevent approval of the Patrin ANDA. The lawsuit alleges that Patrin has infringed the Orange Book Patents by filing an ANDA with a Paragraph IV Certification seeking approval from the FDA to market a generic version of CAMBIA prior to the expiration of the patents. The commencement of the patent infringement suit stays or bars the FDA from approving Patrin’s ANDA for generic CAMBIA 50 mg for 30 months or until an earlier district court decision that each of the patents is invalid or not infringed.

The Company intends to vigorously enforce its intellectual property rights, but cannot predict the outcome of this litigation.

Forward-Looking Statements

This report contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the Company’s intention to enforce its intellectual property rights. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about our beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Statements containing the words “may,” “could,” “would,” “should,” “will,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “estimate,” “target,” “project,” “intend” and similar expressions constitute forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors, including the outcome of the litigation against Patrin; the Company’s ability to successfully enforce its intellectual property rights, and to defend its patents; the costs associated with the Patrin lawsuit; the timing of generic competition to CAMBIA; and other factors discussed in our public filings, including the risk factors included in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K (as supplemented by the Company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q), which may cause the actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. The Company does not intend to review or revise any particular forward-looking statement in light of future events.

Item 9.01Financial Statements and Exhibits.
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: September 4, 2020By:/s/ Todd N. Smith
  Todd N. Smith
  President and Chief Executive Officer