GlaxoSmithKline and Boehringer Ingelheim returned to Illinois state court Thursday, where they face separate juries to defend against Zantac users' claims that the drug caused them to develop cancer.
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GSK, Boehringer Face Jurors Again On Zantac Cancer Claims

By Celeste Bott and Lauraann Wood

GlaxoSmithKline and Boehringer Ingelheim returned to Illinois state court Thursday, where they face separate juries to defend against Zantac users' claims that the drug caused them to develop cancer.

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PharMerica Inks $100M Deal In 13-Year-Old Whistleblower Suit

By Carla Baranauckas

PharMerica Corp. has agreed to pay $100 million to settle a former New Jersey nursing home owner's long-running whistleblower litigation over an alleged drug kickback scheme, according to the plaintiff's law firm.

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DaVita To Pay $34M In Medicare Kickback Whistleblower Suit

By Sarah Jarvis

Dialysis company DaVita will pay more than $34 million to settle a Medicare fraud case over alleged kickbacks doctors received in exchange for patient referrals, after a whistleblower from the company's C-suite came forward, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado announced Thursday.

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Docs Get Same Hefty Opioid Sentences Despite Top Court Win

By Elliot Weld

Two Alabama doctors accused of unlawfully prescribing patients fentanyl and other opioids failed to shave time off their lengthy prison sentences despite a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that raised the bar for such prosecutions.

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LITIGATION

Apple Wants 2 Trials In Masimo Trade Secrets And Patent Row

By Ryan Davis

Apple has told a California federal judge that a November retrial in Masimo's suit against it should only cover claims including trade secrets that led to a mistrial last year after Masimo sought $1.85 billion, and that Masimo's patent claims should be tried later.

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Brief

Vidal Backs 'Egregious Abuse' Findings Against Vaccine Maker

By Andrew Karpan

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Kathi Vidal has upheld a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision to punish Longhorn Vaccines & Diagnostics for "egregious abuse of the PTAB process," a status report in a Utah federal case indicates.

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LegitScript Asks 9th Circ. To Ax Price-Checker Antitrust Suit

By Matthew Perlman

LegitScript has told the Ninth Circuit that PharmacyChecker cannot bring antitrust claims for allegedly having its price-checking website blacklisted because the bulk of its business is geared towards helping people illegally import prescription drugs.

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Ga. Mineral Co. Can't Nab Win In Row Over Talc Suit Coverage

By Tom Lotshaw

A Georgia federal judge declined to grant a win to a mineral products company trying to compel a Travelers unit to defend it against an underlying suit claiming that it supplied asbestos-containing talc products.

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Ocugen Execs Hit With Derivative Suit Over Shoddy Controls

By Sydney Price

The top brass at biopharmaceutical company Ocugen Inc. were hit with a derivative suit alleging the company's lack of effective internal financial controls caused it to be misvalued and allowed shareholders to approve proposals based on incomplete information.

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Abbott Wins Trust Asset Freeze To Collect $33M In TM Fight

By Dorothy Atkins

A New York federal judge has agreed to freeze trusts tied to a couple who owe Abbott Laboratories $33.4 million in sprawling trademark litigation over gray-market diabetes test strips, finding an asset freeze is necessary due to the defendants' "pervasive and repeated" use of the trusts for personal expenses and gambling.

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Brief

Biopharma Shareholder Sues In Del. For Docs On Akeso Deal

By Leslie A. Pappas

A shareholder of Summit Therapeutics Inc. sued the Florida biopharmaceutical company in Delaware's Court of Chancery on Thursday, seeking corporate records to investigate whether a $520 million financing arrangement connected to a partnership with Akeso Inc. benefited the company's co-CEOs at the expense of public stockholders.

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DEALS

Pharma Biz Buys Animal Medicine Co. For Up To $520M

By Jade Martinez-Pogue

Latham & Watkins LLP-advised animal health therapeutics company Invetx, which is currently owned by life sciences-focused investment management firm Novo Holdings, on Thursday announced plans to be bought by veterinary pharmaceuticals company Dechra Pharmaceuticals Ltd., advised by Kirkland & Ellis LLP, for up to $520 million.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

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NY Courts Limit Access To Ethics Data, Violating Own Rules

By Frank G. Runyeon

After a decade of widespread noncompliance with income and gift reporting rules, the New York court system's Ethics Commission has refused to publicly release all judges' annual financial disclosures, which safeguard against conflicts of interest, corruption and ethics lapses.

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Florida Opts To Use NextGen Bar Exam Starting In 2028

By Madison Arnold

Florida will adopt a new bar exam test component, known as the NextGen Bar Exam, from the National Conference of Bar Examiners beginning July 2028, the state's board of bar examiners announced Thursday.

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Analysis

Menendez Appeal Could Make Hay From Bribery Case Law

By Cara Salvatore

Sen. Robert Menendez's planned "aggressive" appeal will almost certainly include broadsides against his novel foreign-agent conviction and attempt to capitalize on the U.S. Supreme Court's proven appetite for bribery cases, experts say.

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Hunter Biden Wants Charges Tossed After Trump Docs Ruling

By Lauren Berg

Hunter Biden on Thursday asked federal judges in Delaware and California to throw out his conviction on felony gun charges and to toss other charges of tax evasion, citing a Florida federal judge's order disqualifying the special prosecutor in Donald Trump's classified documents case.

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Ex-BigLaw Atty Gets Nearly 2 Years For Election Crimes

By Chris Villani

A former BigLaw attorney was sentenced to 21 months in prison Thursday after being convicted of campaign finance violations tied to a failed run for U.S. Congress, with a Boston federal judge citing the defendant's legal acumen and experience as a law clerk as evidence he "should have known" better.

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Crypto Law Firm's SEC Challenge Met With Doubt At 9th Circ.

By Aislinn Keely

A Ninth Circuit panel appeared skeptical Thursday of a law firm's quest for a judgment that its use of the crypto asset ether doesn't offend securities laws, questioning whether the firm has shown it faces enough of a threat from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to keep its case against the regulator alive.

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Judge 'Not Optimistic' Houston Firm's PPP Suit Will Succeed

By Catherine Marfin

A Texas federal judge said Thursday he would give a Houston law firm another chance to make its case that the U.S. Small Business Administration was wrong in denying the firm's bid for loan forgiveness under a COVID-19-era relief program, but noted he was "not really optimistic" the firm would be able to succeed with its suit.

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Healthcare Co. Says Fired In-House Atty Lacks Standing To Sue

By Sue Reisinger

Kidney care company Panoramic Health has urged a Colorado federal judge to toss a former assistant general counsel's lawsuit that claims she was fired for raising concerns about violations of federal anti-kickback statutes.

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