Life Sciences

  • December 11, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Upholds Ruling Axing Forest's Namenda Patents

    The Federal Circuit on Monday affirmed a Delaware judge's decision that Forest Laboratories’ six patents on the Alzheimer's drug Namenda are invalid as indefinite in a win for Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., which is planning a generic version of the drug.

  • December 11, 2017

    Retailers Defend Solodyn MDL Claims Against Medicis

    Walgreen Co., CVS Pharmacy Inc., Rite Aid Corp. and other retailers alleging Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. paid generic-drug makers to stay out of the market for acne medication Solodyn urged a Massachusetts federal court Monday to reject Medicis' efforts to nix some of their claims.

  • December 11, 2017

    Convicted Pharmacist's Wife Wants To Keep Money, House

    The wife of a pharmacist convicted of racketeering and fraud related to a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak has asked a Massachusetts federal court not to make her husband forfeit properties, a trust fund, multiple bank accounts and other assets, arguing they belong to her too.

  • December 11, 2017

    Endo Escapes Faulty Pelvic Mesh Suit On Appeal

    An Illinois appeals court on Friday tossed a suit accusing Endo Pharmaceuticals and its subsidiary American Medical Systems Inc. of manufacturing faulty pelvic mesh products, finding the suit doesn’t belong in an Illinois court.

  • December 11, 2017

    Supreme Court Won't Review Lawyer's Stock Fraud Conviction

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will not hear an appeal from an attorney convicted of fraudulently inflating a medical device company’s stock by drafting press releases about nonexistent purchase orders.

  • December 11, 2017

    1st Circ. Won't Revive $28M Monsanto PCB Liability Suit

    Monsanto Co. and its Pfizer Inc.-owned successor couldn’t have known polychlorinated biphenyls cause cancer in 1969, so they don’t have to face a $28 million lawsuit from a Massachusetts town over PCB contamination, the First Circuit said Friday.

  • December 11, 2017

    FDA Issues Final Guidance On Drug Names In Ads

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday released final guidance laying out its recommendations for how product names are displayed on advertising and promotional labeling for prescription drugs, and proposed to study how consumers and health care providers spot deceptive ads.  

  • December 11, 2017

    Puma Biotech Investor Class Certified In Stock Drop Case

    A California federal judge on Friday granted class certification to Puma Biotechnologies Inc. investors in a stock drop suit accusing the company of misrepresenting the effectiveness of a breast cancer treatment called neratinib.

  • December 8, 2017

    The Law Firms Of The 2017 MVPs

    Law360's MVP award goes to attorneys who have distinguished themselves from their peers in litigation, deals and other complex matters. Find the MVPs at your firm here.

  • December 8, 2017

    Law360 MVP Awards Go To Top Attorneys From 78 Firms

    The elite slate of attorneys chosen as Law360’s 2017 MVPs have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.

  • December 8, 2017

    Investor Hit With $38M Judgment For 'Smear' Campaign

    A shadowy investor has been hit with a $38 million default judgment for spearheading a “short and smear” campaign against a bioprinting company after he failed to respond to a suit in Delaware state court.

  • December 8, 2017

    Pharma Group Sues Calif. Over Drug Pricing Law

    Trade group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America on Friday sued California to block a newly approved drug pricing law, calling it a vast overreach that amounts to a “nationwide ban” on price increases.

  • December 8, 2017

    NJ High Court OKs Roche's Bids To Review Accutane Rulings

    Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. has convinced the New Jersey Supreme Court to review two state appellate decisions related to the company's acne medication Accutane, with the justices agreeing to consider rulings over the adequacy of the drug's label and the admissibility of expert testimony.

  • December 8, 2017

    Innoviva Investor Wins Board Seats In Chancery Proxy Suit

    A shareholder of drug developer Innoviva Inc. won a battle with the company over the makeup of its board of directors Friday when a Delaware Chancery Court judge determined that a deal among the parties to resolve the investor's proxy fight was valid and should be enforced, requiring two investor nominees to be added to the company's board.

  • December 8, 2017

    Katten Atty Says He Never Saw Greebel Break The Law

    A onetime colleague of former Katten Muchin corporate attorney and fraud defendant Evan Greebel who was retained to handle a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into one of Martin Shkreli’s hedge funds told a Brooklyn federal jury on Friday that he never saw Greebel do anything illegal.

  • December 8, 2017

    Patheon Says Rival Can't Recover $135M Over Softgel Pact

    Pharmaceutical company Patheon Inc. has urged a New York federal judge to deny softgel maker Procaps SA’s request to vacate part of an arbitration award finding it can't recover $135 million in lost profits damages for a nixed product development agreement, telling the court the agreement doesn’t allow for such damages.

  • December 8, 2017

    Biotech Denali Therapeutics Tops 3 IPOs Totaling $506M

    Shares of Denali Therapeutics Inc. soared Friday after the company raised $250 million in an upsized initial public offering that amounted to the largest biotechnology IPO of 2017, leading one of three newly public companies that raised $506 million combined.

  • December 8, 2017

    Gilead Snaps Up PE-Backed Biotech In $567M Deal

    Biopharmaceutical firm Gilead Sciences Inc. said Thursday it will acquire private equity-backed biotechnology company Cell Design Labs Inc. for $567 million in a deal that will see Gilead build up its cell therapy capabilities even more.

  • December 8, 2017

    Real Estate Brokerage Leads 3 IPOs Set To Raise $762M

    Three companies are set to raise about $762 million combined from initial public offerings during the week of Dec. 11, led by a commercial real estate broker, private equity-backed cable equipment maker and biotechnology company, a small lineup that marks the start of a year-end slowdown.

  • December 8, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Bayer, Toshiba, Alexion Pharmaceuticals

    The European Commission is wary of Bayer’s blockbuster buyout of Monsanto, Toshiba and Western Digital have come to terms on a settlement that will end their dispute over the planned 2 trillion yen sale of Toshiba Memory Corp., and Elliott Management is pushing for changes at Alexion Pharmaceuticals.

Expert Analysis

  • Preparing Your Company Witnesses For The Gotcha Question

    Matthew Keenan

    Catching a witness flat-footed on an important topic is no longer confined to cable news, and corporate legal defenses can likewise die when witnesses profess ignorance on things that jurors believe they should know. However, employing some common sense tools can minimize potential harm, says Matthew Keenan of Shook Hardy Bacon LLP.

  • The Latest Trends In Drug Monopolies

    Miriam Vishio

    Given the potential of certain "anti-generics" strategies to stymie competition, antitrust scrutiny likely will only intensify. The ramifications for pharmaceutical companies, consumers, payors and sovereign entities could be significant as courts consider these burgeoning strategies, say Miriam Vishio and Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Saris Reviews 'Locking Up Our Own'

    Judge Patti Saris

    Having just completed a six-year term as chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I read Yale Law School professor James Forman's new book, "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America," with particular interest, says Judge Patti Saris, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

  • Fed. Circ. Guidance For Pharma Method-Of-Use Patent Cases

    Preston Ratliff

    The Federal Circuit's recent decision in Sanofi v. Watson confirmed that the overall content of a generic drug manufacturer’s labeling, as well as real-world evidence of physician practices, inform the induced infringement analysis in Hatch-Waxman cases, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • The Broad Reach Of Medicare Act’s Preemption Provision

    Jeffrey Bushofsky

    When defending claims involving Medicare, it is important to consider whether they may be preempted by state or local laws. An Illinois federal court's recent decision in Mayberry v. Walgreens highlights just how far Medicare preemption can reach, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Amicus Arguments For And Against Inter Partes Review

    Thomas King

    In Oil States v. Greene’s — set for oral argument on Monday — more than 50 amicus briefs have been filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, representing a substantial share of the U.S. GDP. The issues presented are weighty, including concerns regarding separation of powers and the limits of the administrative state, the impact of inter partes reviews on the patent system, and the application of originalism to 18th century patent practice... (continued)

  • Amarin Case Demonstrates Limits Of ITC Jurisdiction

    Matthew Rizzolo

    Last month, the U.S. International Trade Commission declined to institute a Section 337 investigation based on a complaint brought by Amarin Pharma Inc. This decision, departing from the ITC's typical practice, provides insight into the ITC's jurisdiction and deference to sister government agencies, say Matthew Rizzolo and Vladimir Semendyai of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Does Your D&O Policy Really Cover Gov't Investigations?

    Lilit Asadourian

    Many directors and officers insurance policies purport to insure the fees and costs companies incur in responding to government investigations. However, a recent Tenth Circuit decision in MusclePharm v. Liberty Insurance Underwriters calls into question the scope of such coverage, say attorneys with Reed Smith LLP.

  • Opioid Insurance Litigation Is Mounting With Mixed Results

    Scott Seaman

    With suits pending across the country against manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies and others, we are currently in the early stages of the opioid insurance coverage war. Decisions so far primarily address accident and fortuity issues, application of product exclusions and whether claims involve damages "because of" or "for" bodily injury, says Scott Seaman of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

    Constance Baker Motley

    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.