Attorneys targeting drug manufacturers and distributors in multidistrict litigation over the opioid crisis are clashing with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration regarding access to vast amounts of government data on painkiller sales, according to filings in Ohio federal court on Friday.
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Opioid MDL Attys Clash With DEA Over Drug Data

Attorneys targeting drug manufacturers and distributors in multidistrict litigation over the opioid crisis are clashing with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration regarding access to vast amounts of government data on painkiller sales, according to filings in Ohio federal court on Friday. Read more »

US Steps Into Tricare FCA Suit Against Pharmacy, PE Owner

The government has intervened in a False Claims Act suit accusing a Florida compounding pharmacy and its private equity fund owner of running a kickback scheme that induced Tricare to pay more than $68 million for medically unnecessary prescriptions, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday. Read more »

Shkreli Can't Beat Stock Fraud Rap Post-Trial

A New York federal judge on Friday refused a request by former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli to throw out his conviction for manipulating the stock of Retrophin Inc. while he was its CEO, saying there was sufficient evidence for the jury to find him guilty. Read more »

ENFORCEMENT & COMPLIANCE

Meningitis Pharmacist Must Forfeit $175K Before Restitution

A former Massachusetts pharmacist convicted of recklessly mixing drugs that led to a 2012 meningitis outbreak must forfeit $175,000, or less than one-half of his salary from the roughly three years a jury decided his laboratory degenerated into a criminal enterprise, a federal judge decided on Friday. Read more »

LITIGATION

Tilton, Patriarch Hit With $10M Suit In TransCare Case

The trustee for bankrupt ambulance company TransCare Corp. hit Lynn Tilton and her private equity firm Patriarch Partners with a $10 million clawback suit in New York bankruptcy court Thursday, alleging the onetime owners of TransCare blew up the company through mismanagement and an “outrageous” scheme. Read more »

DEALS

UK Health Care REIT Scores £94M From Share Sale

U.K.-based real estate investment trust Target Healthcare REIT Ltd. on Friday said a recent stock offering raked in £94 million ($131.3 million) to be used to finance a number of current investments, as well as pending and potential projects. Read more »

PEOPLE

Health Hires: Goodwin, Alston & Bird, Lucas & Mercanti

So far in February, Alston & Bird LLP lost an FDA-focused attorney to Goodwin Procter LLP and gained a government contracts attorney from Dentons, and intellectual property boutique Lucas & Mercanti LLP announced the arrival of three attorneys specializing in pharma. Read more »

Goulston & Storrs Grows Corporate Team With Boston Hire

A former Pepper Hamilton LLP partner has joined Goulston & Storrs PC in its Boston office, adding even more depth and experience to the firm’s corporate practice with a specialist in the middle-market mergers and acquisitions and private equity spaces. Read more »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Nontraditional Health Care Programs Under The Microscope

Sponsored health care programs have expanded the scope of available services to include "providers" who do not offer direct medical care, but who facilitate or coordinate the provision of services by physicians and other more traditional caregivers. Difficulties in determining how to monitor these newer provider types may have kept them off the government's fraud and abuse radar for a while, but not anymore, says Paul Cirel of Todd & Weld LLP. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Feature

How Mentors For Senior Partners Could Benefit BigLaw

Large law firms have long offered mentorship programs in which senior partners bestow pearls of wisdom upon junior attorneys, but at least one law firm is shaking up that traditional model in what some say could be a game-changer for the legal industry. Read more »

Analysis

Ex-Skadden Atty's Plea Raises Specter Of Foreign Lobbying

The sudden guilty plea of a now-former Skadden lawyer who helped write a legal analysis commissioned by Paul Manafort on behalf of a Ukrainian president puts further scrutiny on the firm’s role in the controversial report and whether Skadden crossed into the legally precarious position of unregistered lobbying for a foreign government, experts said. Read more »

LSAT Administrator Likely In Contempt As Feds Sit Idly By

A California federal judge said Friday that the Law School Admission Council Inc. was likely in contempt of a consent decree laying out ways it should accommodate disabled test takers, adding it was “astounding” that the federal government took no position on the alleged violations after it had vigorously pursued the litigation for several years. Read more »

Up Next At The High Court: Antitrust Rule, Public Unions

The U.S. Supreme Court is closing out its February oral argument session with a blockbuster docket, taking on a key doctrine of antitrust law in a case involving American Express Co. and pondering the fate of public sector unions. Read more »

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

A report revealed that National Public Radio management hired and retained news executive Michael Oreskes despite multiple "flags" regarding his inappropriate behavior toward women, Democrats dinged new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission guidance as old advice, and the general counsel of Discover Financial Services spoke with Law360 about how the company prioritizes diversity and inclusion. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​ Read more »

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Law360's Pro Say: Microsoft's Supreme Court Privacy Battle

On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we are joined by Microsoft's head of litigation to talk about upcoming U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in a privacy case over data stored on servers overseas. We also chat about a BigLaw attorney swept up in Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation, the Supreme Court narrowing legal protections for corporate whistleblowers, and a legal beef over Dunkin' Donuts Angus steak sandwiches. Read more »

In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week. Read more »

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COMPANIES

Accenture plc

Akorn Inc.

American Express Company

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

Apple Inc.

Aruba Networks, Inc.

AstraZeneca

Bank of America Corporation

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

BuzzFeed Inc.

Cloud Technology Partners Inc.

Deutsche Bank AG

Digital Realty Trust Inc.

Discover Financial Services

Dunkin' Brands Group Inc.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Fordham University

GE Healthcare Ltd.

Google Inc.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.

Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co., Inc.

ImClone Systems Inc.

London Stock Exchange Group PLC

MedImmune LLC

Microsoft Corporation

NFL Enterprises LLC

National Public Radio Inc.

National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation

New England Compounding Pharmacy Inc.

New York City Transit Authority

Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc.

Patriarch Partners

Pfizer Inc.

Retrophin Inc.

Robert Half International Inc.

Sanofi-Aventis

Snap Inc.

The American Law Institute

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

Twitter Inc.

LAW FIRMS

Allen & Overy

Alston & Bird

Arent Fox

Arnold & Porter

Bass Berry

Boies Schiller

Bond Schoeneck

Brafman & Associates

Colson Hicks

Covington & Burling

Cravath Swaine

Crowell & Moring

Cunningham Swaim

DLA Piper

Dentons

Dorsey & Whitney

Fitzpatrick Cella

Gelber Schachter

Gibson Dunn

Goodwin

Goulston & Storrs

Greenberg Traurig

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Hart

Holland & Knight

Hyman Phelps

Jones Day

Kasowitz Benson

Katten Muchin

Kellogg Hansen

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Labaton Sucharow

Latham & Watkins

Levin Papantonio

Linklaters

Littler Mendelson

Locke Lord

Lucas & Mercanti

McElroy Deutsch

Miles & Stockbridge

Morgan Lewis

Murphy & McGonigle

Norton Rose Fulbright

Nossaman LLP

Ogletree Deakins

Orrick Herrington

Pepper Hamilton

Perkins Coie

Polsinelli

Proskauer Rose

Sandberg Phoenix

Sandler Reiff

Sharma & DeYoung

Sidley Austin

Skadden

Storch Amini

Todd & Weld

Tucker Ellis

Weil Gotshal

White & Case

Womble Bond Dickinson

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

Delaware Court of Chancery

Drug Enforcement Administration

European Commission

European Union

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Food and Drug Administration

National Labor Relations Board

Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Attorney's Office

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Supreme Court

United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York