A California state jury found Wednesday that although Johnson & Johnson's baby powder contained asbestos and a manufacturing defect, it was not a substantial factor in causing a woman's malignant mesothelioma, ruling in favor of the pharmaceutical giant.
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J&J Staves Off Asbestos Baby Powder Suit In Calif. Jury Win

A California state jury found Wednesday that although Johnson & Johnson's baby powder contained asbestos and a manufacturing defect, it was not a substantial factor in causing a woman's malignant mesothelioma, ruling in favor of the pharmaceutical giant. Read full article »

DOJ Poised To Squeeze FCA Testimony From Anthem

The U.S. Department of Justice is entitled to testimony from Anthem Inc. as part of a False Claims Act probe of potential Medicare Advantage fraud, a New York magistrate judge said Tuesday. Read full article »

Judge Won't DQ Fla. Prosecutors In $1B Health Fraud Case

A Florida federal judge on Tuesday denied a Miami businessman's bid to dismiss or disqualify the prosecution team in a $1 billion health care fraud case against him, but despite criticizing federal prosecutors' and agents' performance, the court rejected a magistrate's findings that they had acted in bad faith. Read full article »

Texas Panel Tosses Claim Doc Tricked Mistress Into Abortion

The former mistress of a doctor cannot bring claims alleging that the doctor lied to her about the health of the baby she was carrying and tricked her into getting an abortion because those are health care liability claims that needed an expert report to proceed, a Texas appellate court held Wednesday. Read full article »

Standard Too High On ND Drs. Group Merger, 8th Circ Told

A pair of North Dakota health-care providers urged an Eighth Circuit panel Tuesday to upend a preliminary injunction blocking their proposed merger, asserting in oral arguments that a federal judge improperly required them to show their tie-up would have no detrimental effect on competition. Read full article »

LITIGATION

Okla. VA Immune From Genetic Bias Claim, Judge Says

States are immune from suits alleging they violated a federal law blocking employers from discriminating against workers based on their or their family members’ genes, a federal judge said Tuesday in an order dismissing part of a nurse’s suit against the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs. Read full article »

AGs Can Try To Oppose Doctors' Settlement, NJ Judge Says

Attorneys general from five states are allowed to file briefs challenging an $84 million class action settlement they say denies doctors the ability to pursue individual monetary damages over an American Osteopathic Association policy that ties board certification to membership, a New Jersey federal judge ruled Tuesday. Read full article »

Texas Court Spikes Med-Mal Claim Over Vague Expert Report

A Texas appeals court held Tuesday that a trial court erred when it declined to dismiss a malpractice suit against an orthopedic surgeon who allegedly failed to prevent a bacterial infection, saying an expert report did not support the claims. Read full article »

Capgemini's $990K Deal Gets Final Nod In Benefits Dispute

A $990,000 settlement resolving a class action accusing Capgemini North America Inc. of cheating Indian national employees out of health care insurance cleared its final hurdle Tuesday when an Illinois federal judge granted final approval. Read full article »

DEALS

Ropes & Gray Steers Medical Device Co.'s $56M IPO

Venture-backed medical device company Vapotherm Inc. raised $56 million through an initial public offering that priced at the low end of its range late on Tuesday, represented by Ropes & Gray LLP while Latham & Watkins LLP advised the underwriters. Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

In Leap To Plaintiffs Boutique, Munger Vet Makes Rare Move

It's uncommon for attorneys to jump from the world of defending corporations in bet-the-company litigation to pursuing those same suits, but former Munger Tolles & Olson LLP partner Marc Dworsky has made that 180-degree turn and says he's thrilled with the decision. Read full article »

5 Law Firms Named The Savviest At Social Media Marketing

Five BigLaw firms have been named the savviest at social media marketing this year in a report released Wednesday that compares the Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and online thought-leadership skills of the largest firms in the United States. Read full article »

Most Law Firms' Cybersecurity Not Up To Par As Risk Grows

Most law firms are underprepared for cybersecurity threats, despite a sharp spike in cyberattacks against the industry in 2017, according to a new report from information technology consulting firm LogicForce.  Read full article »

White & Case Revamped Parental Leave Policy For 2018

White & Case LLP rolled out a new parental leave policy in 2018 for its U.S. offices that offers 12 weeks of paid leave to all legal and business employees regardless of their gender, the firm confirmed on Wednesday. Read full article »

9th Circ. Creates New Role To Tackle Workplace Harassment

In a first for the federal judiciary, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has created the new position of director of workplace relations to confront workplace harassment issues in the appellate, trial and bankruptcy courts within the circuit’s jurisdiction. Read full article »

Ex-Dewey Exec Trying To Ax $1M Fine Deserves Jail, DA Says

Counsel for Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP's former chief financial officer will square off Thursday in Manhattan with prosecutors who claim the ex-executive should be jailed after asking a New York state judge to toss or reduce the $1 million fine he was sentenced to pay following his fraud conviction last year. Read full article »

Law Firm Leaders: Brownstein Hyatt's Adam J. Agron

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP managing partner Adam J. Agron spoke to Law360 in the final year of his six-year tenure as firm leader about the challenges facing the legal industry and why he believes the Denver-based firm is well positioned to grow its success. Read full article »

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