Life Sciences

  • June 10, 2021

    2 Israeli Traders Charged In Global Insider Trading Ring

    A pair of Israeli citizens accused by regulators last year of making millions of dollars through a global insider trading ring have been criminally charged in New York federal court, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday.

  • June 10, 2021

    Teva Gets Judge To Nix Drug IP Inventorship Correction Order

    A New Jersey federal judge took the unusual step of reversing an order telling the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to add two inventors to a Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. patent after its rival Teva informed the court that it had never consented to the inventors' addition.

  • June 10, 2021

    Sandoz Will Get To Search Rival CFO's Phone In Antitrust Row

    United Therapeutics Corp. will have to turn over its chief financial officer's text messages for rival drugmaker Sandoz Inc.'s antitrust suit, although Sandoz must also relinquish evidence related to getting government approval of its competing product, a New Jersey federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • June 09, 2021

    2nd Circ. Weighs Insider Trading Raps Post-Bridgegate

    A former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services worker and two former hedge fund analysts on Wednesday urged the Second Circuit to reverse all of their insider trading convictions following the U.S. Supreme Court's remand in light of its Bridgegate decision, saying the government can't salvage two counts of conviction out of many it now agrees should be set aside. 

  • June 09, 2021

    Monsanto's PCBs Caused Brain Damage, Teachers Tell Jury

    Three teachers went to trial against Monsanto on Wednesday over neurological damage allegedly caused by the company's PCBs lingering in a school building decades after regulators clamped down on the highly toxic thermal insulation fluids.

  • June 09, 2021

    Ill. Court Rules Home Health Co. Took Kickbacks

    After its original decision was sent back down from the Seventh Circuit, an Illinois federal court has made an about-face, declaring that a home health care company did break federal kickback laws.

  • June 09, 2021

    Lexicon Investors Urge 5th Circ. To Revive Diabetes Drug Suit

    Lexicon Pharmaceuticals investors urged a Fifth Circuit panel Wednesday to revive their lawsuit claiming the company overpromised on its ability to bring its prospective diabetes drug Zynquista to market, saying the district judge mislabeled investors' allegations as "fraud by hindsight."

  • June 09, 2021

    Elizabeth Holmes' Privilege Loss 'A Cautionary Tale,' Attys Say

    Ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes' recent attorney-client privilege loss in a pretrial dispute over her communications with Boies Schiller Flexner LLP serves as "a cautionary tale" to corporate attorneys that the predominant legal standard disfavors executives and that it's incumbent on lawyers to make clear who their clients are, according to legal experts.

  • June 09, 2021

    COVID Vaccine IP Waiver Talks Heat Up At The WTO

    World Trade Organization members agreed Wednesday to speed up talks over competing proposals to boost global COVID-19 vaccine access, including a hotly contested temporary waiver of intellectual property protections for vaccines.

  • June 09, 2021

    Goodwin, Latham Steer $2.8B Drug Discovery SPAC Deal

    Boston-based drug discovery startup Valo Health LLC said Wednesday that it plans to go public at a valuation of about $2.8 billion through a merger with a blank check company, in a deal led by Goodwin Procter LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • June 09, 2021

    ChemoCentryx Hit With Investor Suit Over Drug Trial Claims

    ChemoCentryx Inc. has been hit with a proposed investor class action in California federal court accusing the biopharmaceutical company of overstating the efficacy of its newly developed treatment for an autoimmune disease called ANCA vasculitis.

  • June 09, 2021

    Boston Scientific Promotes Veteran Atty To General Counsel

    Boston Scientific said Tuesday it has named one of its longtime in-house attorneys who most recently was vice president and chief corporate counsel as its next top lawyer.

  • June 08, 2021

    MSP Recovery's Opioid Claims Consolidated With Ohio MDL

    The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation said Monday that MSP Recovery's opioid suit against CVS belongs in Ohio federal court as part of multidistrict litigation there, declining to vacate an order conditionally transferring the action.

  • June 08, 2021

    Parkinson's Drug Patent Ax In Del. Helps Mylan Win In Vt.

    A Delaware federal judge's invalidation of a patent covering UCB Inc.'s Parkinson's disease treatment Neupro was invoked Tuesday in Vermont federal court to help Mylan beat patent litigation over its generic version of the drug.

  • June 08, 2021

    MDL Accusing Seed Cos. Of Price-Fixing Is Planted In Mo.

    The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation picked Bayer CropScience's home territory in the Eastern District of Missouri on Tuesday to host the two dozen consolidated cases accusing Bayer and other agricultural suppliers of fixing prices on crop inputs such as seeds and insecticides.

  • June 08, 2021

    Glenmark Says Glitch Calls For Supplement To DQ Testimony

    Glenmark filed an unusual supplement Monday to a hearing over the U.S. Department of Justice's bid to disqualify Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP from representing the drugmaker in a price-fixing case, saying a technical glitch prevented a recording of Glenmark's waiver of any conflict of interest.

  • June 08, 2021

    Hours After Getting Patents, Teva Sues Eli Lily Again

    Teva Pharmaceuticals lodged a new infringement suit against rival Eli Lilly in Massachusetts federal court Tuesday mere hours after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued the company two new patents covering the Israeli drugmaker's blockbuster migraine drug Ajovy.

  • June 08, 2021

    Wash. Pot Sellers Wary Of State's 'Joints For Jabs' Rules

    Washington state's cannabis regulator has announced that it will let licensed marijuana sellers hand out pre-rolled joints to adults who receive COVID-19 vaccinations, but an industry group for pot retailers said the state's rules may be too restrictive to make the plan workable.

  • June 08, 2021

    Aleut Org. Sues Juul For Unequal Impact On Alaska Natives

    The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association Inc. lodged anti-racketeering claims against Juul Labs in a California federal court for knowingly targeting American Indian and Alaska Native youth in its advertisements within the Aleutian Pribilof Islands.

  • June 08, 2021

    3rd Circ. Revives Trade Secrets Suit Against Aurobindo

    The Third Circuit revived a pharmaceutical laboratory's trade secrets lawsuit against a former executive and Aurobindo Pharma units on Tuesday, ruling that a district court applied an improperly heavy burden on the lab to establish the proprietary information at issue and show how it was misused.

  • June 08, 2021

    No Centralization Of Acthar Cases In Delaware Yet, JPML Says

    Pointing to uncertainty around Mallinckrodt ARD LLC's pending bankruptcy proceedings in Delaware, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation deemed it "premature" on Monday to centralize a string of antitrust cases over the company's sales of the anti-seizure drug Acthar.

  • June 08, 2021

    Pa. Panel OKs Unemployment Claim After Medical Pot Firing

    A Pennsylvania appeals court ruled in a published decision on Tuesday that a warehouse worker who was fired from his job after failing a drug test could still receive unemployment benefits, based on testimony that he told his employer about his medical marijuana prescription.

  • June 08, 2021

    Tilray Settles Contract Dispute With Fla. Cannabis Grower

    Canadian cannabis giant Tilray has reached a settlement with a Florida grower in a dispute arising from a 2015 agreement to apply for medical cannabis licenses, according to a notice filed with a Washington state court Tuesday.

  • June 08, 2021

    FTC Says High Court Ruling Doesn't Doom Injunction Bid

    The FTC declared its enduring power to seek permanent injunctive relief through the courts in its suit against a multilevel marketing company, shooting down the accused scammer's use of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in AMG Capital to bid for an early win.

  • June 08, 2021

    Judge Takes Ill. City's Attys To Task For Mallinckrodt Filings

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge took counsel for an Illinois city to task for what he said were frivolous filings in the city's fight with drugmaker Mallinckrodt for allegedly inflating the price of its anti-seizure drug Acthar.

Expert Analysis

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    Justices Must Resolve Off-Label Drug Warning Predicament

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    The U.S. Supreme Court should hear Janssen Pharmaceuticals v. AY, and rule that drugmakers are not required to include off-label warnings, in order to protect companies from being held liable for failing to do what federal law prohibits, say Sheldon Bradshaw and Lisa Dwyer at King & Spalding.

  • Make Profitability Management Part Of Your Law Firm Culture

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    As the legal industry continues to change in the post-pandemic world, law firms should adapt to client demands by constantly measuring and managing the profitability of their services, says Joseph Altonji at LawVision.

  • Drafting Clearer Patent Claims After Fed. Circ. L'Oreal Ruling

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    The Federal Circuit recently employed a flexible standard for constructing Olaplex's hair care patent claims in a case against L'Oreal, but more precise claim drafting could have avoided altogether a problem with claims for component amounts in product formulations, says Philip Hamzik at Wolf Greenfield.

  • 4 Trends In Discoverability Of Litigation Funding Documents

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    Recent rulings shed light on how courts and international arbitration tribunals decide if litigation funding materials are discoverable and reaffirm best practices that attorneys should follow when communicating with funders, say Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Michele Slachetka and Christian Plummer at Jenner & Block.

  • High Court's AMG Ruling Could Hinder FDA Enforcement

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in AMG Capital v. Federal Trade Commission, limiting the agency's ability to seek equitable monetary relief under the FTC Act, will likely also restrain the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's authority under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, due to similarities between the laws, say Joshua Oyster and Jenna McCarthy at Ropes & Gray.

  • Expect Increasing Scrutiny Of Wage-Fixing, No-Poach Deals

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    Employers can expect more actions against wage-fixing or no-poach agreements as the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division cracks down on labor market collusion, so companies should consider tailoring these agreements on their scope, duration and definition of nonsolicitation, say attorneys at Duane Morris.

  • W.Va. Consumer Law Changes Offer Help For Finance Cos.

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    New amendments to the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act will help businesses in the state, particularly in the financial services industry, by better defining the process for presuit notice and opportunity to cure, and by making it easier to recover attorney fees, say Andrew Narod and Jared Searls at Bradley Arant.

  • Opinion

    Keep Junk Science Away From Juries

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    Well-grounded scientific testimony in judicial proceedings has become more essential than ever, especially with large verdicts at stake in cases concerning hot-button issues like talc and climate change, so judges must act as gatekeepers to exclude unsound science from jury trials, says Lawrence Ebner at the Atlantic Legal Foundation.

  • Bio-Rad Ruling Highlights IP Assignment Clause Limits

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    The Federal Circuit's recent holding in Bio-Rad v. International Trade Commission, that an assignment clause wasn’t enough to claim patent ownership where the conception date followed former inventors’ employment, shows companies and workers the importance of specificity in drafting contractual limitations, say Bryan Vogel and Derrick Carman at Robins Kaplan.

  • Cannabis Legalization's Effects On Insurance Industry

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    Resolution of the legal uncertainty presented by the dueling federal and state approaches to cannabis will pave the way for legal cannabis businesses to access the insurance protections the industry needs for everything from workers' compensation to auto insurance to general liability, says Christy Thiems at the American Property Casualty Insurance Association.

  • 7 Lessons For Young Lawyers Starting Their Careers

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    This year's law graduates and other young attorneys must recognize that the practice of law tests and rewards different skills and characteristics than law school, and that what makes a lawyer valuable changes over time, says Vernon Winters, retired partner at Sidley.

  • Pharma Cos. Can Expect Harsh Antitrust Scrutiny From Biden

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    For pharmaceutical company mergers and acquisitions, increased antitrust scrutiny under the Biden administration, combined with international coordination of review and enforcement, will likely translate into longer, more in-depth and more expensive merger reviews, say attorneys at Faegre Drinker.

  • The Pandemic's Bright Spots For Lawyers Who Are Parents

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    The COVID-19 crisis has allowed lawyers to hone remote advocacy strategies and effectively represent clients with minimal travel — abilities that have benefited working parents and should be utilized long after the pandemic is over, says Chelsea Loughran at Wolf Greenfield.

  • Risk-Based Compliance Improves Cannabis M&A Prospects

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    As the cannabis M&A market heats up, one way cannabis operators can improve merger or acquisition potential is to have a risk-based compliance program that aligns regulator and operator interests, say Katrina Skinner at Burns & Levinson and Brion Nazzaro at the Association of Certified Commercial Cannabis Experts. 

  • How Tuna Antitrust Ruling Affects Job Bias Class Actions

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    Employment discrimination class actions that rely on statistical representations could look different following the recent Olean v. Bumble Bee antitrust ruling, due to the Ninth Circuit's scrutiny of models that obscure the extent of uninjured plaintiff membership, say attorneys at Orrick.

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