A Massachusetts magistrate judge ordered federal prosecutors in Boston on Tuesday to hand over any documents from 10 federal agencies' investigations of opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics Inc. that could potentially help the company's former executives fight racketeering and fraud charges.
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Feds Ordered To Hand Over Insys Docs From 10 Agencies

A Massachusetts magistrate judge ordered federal prosecutors in Boston on Tuesday to hand over any documents from 10 federal agencies' investigations of opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics Inc. that could potentially help the company's former executives fight racketeering and fraud charges. Read full article »

Dr Pepper Beats False Ad Suit Over Diet Drink, Again

A woman's attempt to bring putative class action allegations that Dr Pepper falsely advertises Diet Dr Pepper as helping with weight loss was tossed for a fourth and final time Tuesday, as a California federal judge found it implausible that reasonable consumers would believe drinking the soda leads to healthy weight management. Read full article »

Novartis Beats Gleevec Monopolization Suit At 1st Circ.

The First Circuit on Tuesday granted Novartis' bid to dismiss an antitrust suit alleging it used sham litigation to extend a monopoly over the leukemia drug Gleevec, finding that a group of buyers failed to show the pharma giant had no chance of winning its case. Read full article »

Cambridge Analytica Agrees To Give Docs To Facebook Users

The Chapter 7 trustee for scandal-plagued Cambridge Analytica reached a tentative deal in New York bankruptcy court Tuesday to hand over most of the documents in his possession to a group of Facebook users, who are suing the social media giant and the political consulting shop for allegedly misusing their personal data. Read full article »

Time Warner Cable Robocall Suit Stayed For 9th Circ. Appeal

A California federal court yet again froze a proposed class action accusing Time Warner Cable Inc. of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by repeatedly making automated calls to nonsubscribers, just weeks after the cable giant argued that the recently reactivated case had to be paused pending its parent company's First Amendment challenge. Read full article »

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17 AGs Say HUD Shouldn't Change Disparate Impact Rule

A coalition of state attorneys general has urged the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to leave alone its Obama-era rule on disparate impact liability under the Fair Housing Act, saying it’s already consistent with U.S. Supreme Court precedent. Read full article »

LITIGATION

Biz Groups Urge High Court To Hear Sherwin-Williams Case

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Association of National Advertisers and other business groups have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review findings by California courts that held The Sherwin-Williams Co. and other companies liable for lead paint contamination based on decades-old paint advertisements. Read full article »

Ignition-Switch Case Count Below 1,000, GM Lawyers Report

Lawyers for General Motors told a Manhattan federal judge at a conference on Tuesday that fewer than 1,000 individuals' claims remain in the long-running multidistrict litigation over the automaker’s dangerous ignition-switch defect, although it isn’t clear when the cases will finally wrap up. Read full article »

Pella, Class Tell Judge To Ignore Objections To $26M Deal

Pella Corp. and a class of its customers asked an Illinois federal judge on Monday to give the go-ahead to a nearly $26 million settlement of claims that certain Pella windows were subject to leaks, with both sides arguing the objections to the deal should be overruled. Read full article »

Kan. Man Used Prop 65 As 'Weapon,' Calif. Panel Says

A California appeals court on Monday upheld the dismissal of a Kansas man's Proposition 65 suit alleging that Bushnell Outdoor Products Inc.'s game calls cause cancer, saying that he was a disgruntled ex-worker trying to shake down his former employer for millions and wasn't acting in the public interest. Read full article »

Harley-Davidson Dealership Looks To Ditch Fla. TCPA Suit

A Miami-area Harley Davidson dealership asked a Florida federal judge Tuesday to dismiss a putative class action accusing it of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act or to require more specific accusations, arguing the current complaint is too vague. Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Policing Bad Claims In Consolidated Litigation: Part 1

With the proliferation of consolidated litigation, courts have lamented the lack of scrutiny often given to individual cases in these proceedings. Recent federal court decisions demonstrate an increased willingness to police meritless claims by assessing whether counsel’s pre-suit investigation was adequate, say Danielle Bagwell and Anne Gruner of Duane Morris LLP. Read full article »

'High Availability' — A Key Term In Law Firm IT Strategy

While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Fitzpatrick Cella Will Join Venable To Form IP 'Powerhouse'

Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto is set to combine with Venable LLP later this year to form a "powerhouse" in the intellectual property realm, the firms announced Tuesday, revealing the latest in a string of combinations between IP boutiques and full-service law firms. Read full article »

Trump's 3rd Circ. Nominee Joins Lowenstein Sandler In NJ

Third Circuit nominee Paul B. Matey is leaving his job as a hospital executive to join Lowenstein Sandler LLP's office in Roseland, New Jersey, where he'll draw on his background in health care and as a former federal prosecutor and top legal adviser to ex-Gov. Chris Christie. Read full article »

Judge Questions Simpson Thacher In-House Attys' Role

A Manhattan federal judge hearing a legal recruiter’s nonpayment lawsuit against Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP raised questions Tuesday about the role of “co-administrative partners” at the law firm whose emails are apparently at the center of a discovery dispute. Read full article »

Hacking Law Firms Can Be Just Child's Play

A 15-year-old demonstrated just how easy it can be to hack law firm partners, associates and staff at the International Legal Technology Association’s annual educational conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on Tuesday, providing onlookers with a lesson on the methods that online interlopers might use to cull sensitive information. Read full article »

For Firms, Innovation Must Go Beyond Tossing Money At Tech

Law firms must innovate intelligently and with a purpose in order to keep up with a rapidly changing industry, or else the energy and money they spend on technology and other changes will have been for naught, speakers said Tuesday at a legal technology conference in Maryland. Read full article »

Kavanaugh Called Roe 'Settled Law,' Collins Says

D.C. Circuit judge and U.S. Supreme Court hopeful Judge Brett Kavanaugh may have cleared a key hurdle on Tuesday, following a meeting with Republican holdout Sen. Susan Collins of Maine during which Kavanaugh said Roe v. Wade is "settled law." Read full article »

Kavanaugh OK'd Bush Backing Of Flag Protection Amendment

U.S. Supreme Court nominee D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh helped coordinate the Bush administration's support for a proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit desecration of the American flag when he was a White House lawyer, at one point expressing optimism that the proposal would pass, documents released by the Senate Judiciary Committee in recent weeks show. Read full article »

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