Navidea Biopharmaceuticals Wins Dismissal of Platinum Litigation
On October 31, 2018, Judge Valerie Caproni of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York entered an Opinion and Order, as well as a Judgment, dismissing all claims raised by Platinum-Montaur Life Sciences LLC (“Platinum-Montaur”) in its litigation against Navidea Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE American: NAVB) (“Navidea” or the “Company”). Platinum’s claims arose from a note and loan agreement entered on July 25, 2012 (the “Note”), under which Navidea borrowed certain sums from Platinum-Montaur. Thereafter, Platinum-Montaur entered into an assignment with its affiliate Platinum Partners Credit Opportunities Master Fund, LP (“PPCO”) whereby Platinum-Montaur assigned its interests under the Note to PPCO. In its suit against Navidea, filed on November 2, 2017, Platinum-Montaur asserted that its assignment to PPCO was only a partial assignment and that an amount of approximately $1,500,000 remained due and owing to Platinum-Montaur under the Note.
The Court rejected Platinum-Montaur’s claim that the assignment of the Note was a partial assignment and found that “the Assignment Agreement unambiguously assigned the entirety of Platinum-Montaur’s interest in the Navidea debt to PPCO.” Because of this, the Court stated that Platinum-Montaur had no standing to assert any interest in funds that might be due under the Note. The Court also disagreed with Platinum-Montaur’s claim of unjust enrichment on similar grounds and found that Platinum-Montaur lacked any sufficient personal stake to maintain claims against Navidea. As a result the Court granted the motion to dismiss and directed judgment in favor of Navidea.
Navidea Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE American: NAVB) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of precision immunodiagnostic agents and immunotherapeutics. Navidea is developing multiple precision-targeted products based on its Manocept™ platform to enhance patient care by identifying the sites and pathways of disease and enable better diagnostic accuracy, clinical decision-making, and targeted treatment. Navidea’s Manocept platform is predicated on the ability to specifically target the CD206 mannose receptor expressed on activated macrophages. The Manocept platform serves as the molecular backbone of Tc 99m tilmanocept, the first product developed and commercialized by Navidea based on the platform. The development activities of the Manocept immunotherapeutic platform are being conducted by Navidea in conjunction with its subsidiary, Macrophage Therapeutics, Inc. Navidea’s strategy is to deliver superior growth and shareholder return by bringing to market novel products and advancing the Company’s pipeline through global partnering and commercialization efforts.
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