Media - Baby Doe Opioid Trial

The case settled on July 27, 2021. 

The trial in Staubus vs. Purdue Pharma, L.P., et al., known as the Sullivan County Baby Doe case, is expected to start on Monday, July 26, 2021, in Bristol, TN before Chancellor E.G. Moody. The plaintiffs in this case include multiple governmental entities and an infant born with neonatal abstinence syndrome. The defendants are Endo Health Solutions, Inc. and Endo Pharmaceuticals.

On April 6, a default judgment on liability was entered in favor of the plaintiffs. The upcoming trial will determine damages. Jury selection will be on Thursday, July 22. There will be a six-person jury with two alternates. Please note no cameras, video recorders, or audio recorders are allowed in the courtroom during jury selection, per Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 30.
 
Members of the media who plan to cover the trial must file a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 30. 
 
Rule 30 requests should be sent to:
Barbara Peck
Public Information Officer, Administrative Office of the Courts
(615) 532-6047 (direct)
(615) 440-2555 (mobile/text)
 
The trial is expected to last several weeks.
 
One video camera and one still camera will be permitted in the courtroom during the trial. 
 
Proceedings will take place in the main courtroom in the Bristol Justice Center at 801 Anderson Street, Bristol, TN. 
 
Camera Pool Information:
Courtroom View Network is the pool camera for the trial. Media wishing to utlize the pool feed for broadcast or livestreaming can access the feed in the Media Room at the Bristol County Justice Center. 
 
Off-Site Access for Journalists
Journalists who are covering the trial remotely may request off-site access to the video feed for note-taking purposes. Please email Barbara Peck. 
 

Daily Schedule

We will publish a daily schedule here throughout the trial. As always, court is fluid and times are approximate. SCHEDULE UPDATED JULY 22. TRIAL DELAYED ONE WEEK.

Thursday, July 22
9 a.m.  - Jury orientation.  CANCELLED
3 p.m. - Hearing.  CANCELLED 
 
Thursday, July 29
9 a.m. - Jury orientation
 
Sunday,  August 1
1-3 p.m. - Pool camera set-up
3-5 p.m. - Pre-trial media access to test equipment as needed
 
Monday, August 2
7:30 a.m. - Media Room opens
8:45 a.m. - Media wishing to be present in courtroom should be seated
9 a.m. - Trial begins. Jury selection. (Please see Decorum Order for specific rules relating to jury selection).
 

Documents

Various documents will be posted here as they become available. 
 
Default Judgment - April 6, 2021
Media Decorum Order - July 20, 2021 - PLEASE READ IF YOU ARE ATTENDING THE TRIAL