A former manager at Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and the CEO of a mail-order pharmacy whose close ties to the drugmaker led to a federal investigation were convicted by a Manhattan federal jury on Tuesday of scheming to bring about a tie-up between the companies in exchange for a $9.7 million kickback.
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Ex-Manager, CEO Convicted In $9.7M Valeant Kickback Plot

A former manager at Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and the CEO of a mail-order pharmacy whose close ties to the drugmaker led to a federal investigation were convicted by a Manhattan federal jury on Tuesday of scheming to bring about a tie-up between the companies in exchange for a $9.7 million kickback. Read more »

No Asbestos In J&J Talc Mines, SC Mesothelioma Jury Hears

Johnson & Johnson’s talc mines in Vermont have been shown to be asbestos-free, a mineralogy and geology expert hired by the company told a South Carolina jury on Tuesday hearing the case of an attorney who died at age 30 from mesothelioma allegedly caused by her use of J&J baby powder sold by Rite Aid. Read more »

Texas Gas Station Buc-ee's Wins TM Battle Over Beaver Logo

The popular Texas-based convenience store chain Buc-ee's Ltd. won a court battle Tuesday when a federal jury in Houston agreed that a competitor's cartoon alligator logo was too similar to its cartoon beaver logo, siding with Buc-ee's on claims including trademark infringement. Read more »

Convicted Judge Says Mortgage Fraud Case On Shaky Ground

An Illinois state judge convicted earlier this year in a $1.4 million mortgage fraud scheme appeared in court on Tuesday to reset the date of her sentencing while she argues that the government had not proved she intended to commit fraud. Read more »

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Allstate Takes Kia Trademark Battle To 9th Circ.

Allstate has kicked off an appeal to the Ninth Circuit in a lawsuit claiming Kia Motors Corp.’s “Drive Wise” brand infringed the insurer’s “Drivewise” trademark, blasting a trial judge for overturning a verdict handed down by “nine ordinary consumers.” Read more »

Book Authors Say Judge's Defamation Suit Ignores Context

A Pennsylvania state judge’s “slanted” reading of a book about an infamous murder trial he oversaw fatally undermines allegations he was defamed by the authors as a defense-friendly hack and a drunk, the book's authors argued in a Monday federal filing. Read more »

WHITE COLLAR

Hedge Fund Owner, Hotel Developer Resolve $2M Fraud Suit

A hedge fund owner awaiting sentencing on related criminal charges has resolved civil claims in New Jersey federal court that he duped a hotel developer into giving him an almost $2 million investment — about half of which, he testified at trial, he thought he was permitted to spend on a residential mortgage for himself. Read more »

Oakland Pol's Son Took Bribes For Public Contracts, Jury Told

The son of an Oakland, California, politician raked in thousands of dollars to rig bids on public contracts for clients of his so-called public relations firm, an undercover informant told a California federal jury on Tuesday, calling the arrangement a "pay-to-play" scheme. Read more »

PERSONAL INJURY & MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

TV Station, Helicopter Co. To Pay $40M To End Crash Suit

Two men who suffered serious injuries due to a deadly TV news helicopter crash in Seattle in 2014 agreed to a $40 million settlement to resolve their personal injury suits against the TV station, the helicopter operator and the estate of the deceased pilot, their attorneys announced Tuesday. Read more »

SPORTS

NCAA Settlement Objector Asks 9th Circ. To Curb Attys' Fees

A former Division I football player fighting the $42 million legal fee award in the NCAA’s $209 million settlement with scholarship athletes told the Ninth Circuit on Monday that class counsel can’t justify a bumper windfall in a “megafund” case. Read more »

PEOPLE

Seyfarth Adds Former Arnold & Porter Patent Atty In NY

Seyfarth Shaw LLP announced Monday it had snagged veteran patent litigator and former Arnold & Porter partner Scott Lindvall to head up the firm’s new intellectual property trial practice in New York, continuing the firm’s efforts to build up its IP practice. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

Del. Faces IP Surge, Bench Gaps On TC Heartland's Birthday

One year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s TC Heartland ruling steered hundreds of new patent cases to Delaware from Texas and other states, federal judges and attorneys are patently scrambling to manage the surge with fewer resident judges. Read more »

Feature

Gorsuch, Ginsburg Go To Mat Again In Class Waiver Case

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has once again delivered a 5-4 majority opinion over a vigorous dissent from his liberal colleague Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, this time clashing in a high-profile dispute over arbitration clauses protecting businesses from worker class actions. Read more »

New England's Bernstein Shur Updates Parental Leave Policy

New England-based law firm Bernstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson PA said Tuesday it has implemented a new parental leave policy that allows 16 weeks of paid leave for attorneys regardless of their gender, making no distinction between primary and secondary caregivers. Read more »

King & Spalding Draws Rebuke In Bid To Toss Firing Suit

A New York federal judge on Tuesday rejected King & Spalding LLP’s bid to escape allegations it fired an associate for raising ethical concerns about two partners, saying at a hearing she found it "incredibly hard" to buy the firm's stated reasons for terminating him. Read more »

Eagan Avenatti Owes Ex-Partner $10M From Bankruptcy Deal

A California bankruptcy judge on Tuesday entered a $10 million judgment against defunct class action law firm Eagan Avenatti LLP — which is owned by Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her legal battle against President Donald Trump — finding the firm defaulted on its bankruptcy-resolving settlement with a former partner over allegedly unpaid fees. Read more »

NY Lawmakers Tap Interim AG Underwood To Finish Term

Acting New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood was tapped Tuesday by the state legislature to serve out the remainder of Eric Schneiderman’s term after he resigned earlier this month amid allegations of physical abuse by four women. Read more »

Legal Tech Download: Reed Smith, Norton Rose, Bryan Cave

The world of legal technology is quickly evolving, with new products coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at six recent developments. Read more »

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