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Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Reverses Dismissal of Dougherty v. Esperion Therapeutics, Inc.

Dougherty v. Esperion Therapeutics, Inc., et al., No. 17-1701 (6th Cir.). On September 27, 2018, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and remanded the lower court’s dismissal of the securities class action filed on behalf of a putative class of Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. investors. In a decision written by Senior Circuit Judge Eugene Edward Siler, Jr., the Sixth Circuit held that the district court erred by concluding that lead plaintiffs had not adequately alleged scienter, stating that, “Esperion has offered no innocent inference stronger than Plaintiffs’ inference that Esperion knowingly or recklessly made material misrepresentations or omissions in its [] communications with investors.” The Court further held that defendants’ “innocent inference” explanations were either implausible or actually supported lead plaintiffs’ allegation of recklessness.

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