MediPharm sues Hexo claiming breach for $9.8M in unpaid bills
MediPharm Labs Corp. is suing Quebec-based Hexo Corp. after alleging the pot producer failed to pay for millions of dollars’ worth of cannabis oil over a supply deal signed last year, the marijuana extraction company said in a court filing.
MediPharm issued a press release on Friday stating its wholly-owned subsidiary filed a lawsuit against an unnamed cannabis producer for $9.8 million in an outstanding payment related to a supply deal announced in 2018.
According to court documents obtained by BNN Bloomberg, MediPharm filed a lawsuit against Hexo in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice’s London office on Friday for the $9.8 million outstanding. The lawsuit alleges that no payments have been made on behalf of Hexo to MediPharm since October.
The supply deal was first signed between MediPharm and Newstrike Brands Inc.’s UP Cannabis brand in Feb. 2018. Hexo acquired Newstrike in an all-stock deal worth about $260 million last March.
Isabelle Robillard, vice president of communications at Hexo, confirmed that the dispute between the two companies involves a contract signed by Newstrike before Hexo acquired the firm, and intends to “vigorously defend the claim”.
MediPharm Labs Files Statement of Claim
BARRIE, Ontario, Jan. 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MediPharm Labs Corp. (TSX: LABS) (OTCQX: MEDIF) (FSE: MLZ) (“MediPharm Labs” or the “Company”) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, MediPharm Labs Inc., has filed a statement of claim (the “Claim”) in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice against a licensed producer.
The Claim relates to, among other things, the payment of outstanding amounts of approximately $9.8 million pursuant to the private label cannabis oil sale agreement referenced in MediPharm Labs’ February 11, 2019 news release.
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Founded in 2015, MediPharm Labs specializes in the production of purified, pharmaceutical quality cannabis oil and concentrates and advanced derivative products utilizing a Good Manufacturing Practices certified facility and ISO standard built clean rooms. MediPharm Labs has invested in an expert, research driven team, state-of-the-art technology, downstream purification methodologies and purpose-built facilities with five primary extraction lines for delivery of pure, trusted and precision-dosed cannabis products for its customers. Through its wholesale and white label platforms, MediPharm Labs formulates, sensory-tests, processes, packages and distributes cannabis extracts and advanced cannabinoid-based products to domestic and international markets. As a global leader, MediPharm Labs has completed commercial exports to Australia and is nearing commercialization of its Australian extraction facility. MediPharm Labs Australia was established in 2017.
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