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Volkswagen AG asked a California federal judge at a hearing Tuesday to end the securities portion of sprawling multidistrict litigation over its diesel emissions-cheating scheme, saying the complaint hadn't properly alleged the embattled automaker knowingly misled investors when it said the scandal — which cost the company billions — would cost it just €20 million.
Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi have escaped a whistleblower False Claims Act suit accusing them of prompting Medicaid overbilling through deceptive marketing of blood thinner Plavix, after a New Jersey federal judge ruled Tuesday that automatic payment requirements made any implied certifications regarding the drug’s effectiveness immaterial to payment.
A California woman who launched a proposed class action against Vitamin Shoppe Inc. last month has dropped her claims that the company sold ineffective weight loss supplements that were misleadingly labeled, her lawyers said Monday.
As the Senate seeks to reduce funding and services for opioid addiction, states and governments seeking new sources of funding may have increased incentive to sue manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids. An increase in suits may shift the financial burden of the opioid crises to the pharmaceutical defendants and their liability insurers, say Adam Fleischer and Patrick Bedell of BatesCarey LLP.
Nature’s Way Products LLC on Monday asked a California federal judge not to certify a proposed class of consumers allegedly duped into thinking its coconut oil is “inherently healthy,” saying that the labeling claims are too diverse to have misled all members of the proposed class in the same manner.