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FDA Requests Public Input To Help Redefine ‘Healthy’ Claim On Our Food Labels?

December 2nd, 2016

The Federal Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") regulates food sold in the United States, including all processed foods such as cereals, snacks, and beverages.  The FDA oversees food content and food labeling. The health food industry has increased dramatically in the past 20 years with growing consumer demand for natural products.  The FDA regulates the term ‘healthy’ and its...

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The FTC Asks the Third Circuit to Take a Second Look at Product Hopping

November 30th, 2016

In June, we updated you on the first product hopping case to make its way to the Third Circuit.  In Doryx, generic manufacturer Mylan challenged Warner Chilcott’s scheme to stay one hop ahead of generic competition by changing its acne treatment first from a capsule to a tablet, then from one tablet strength to another, then from one tablet type to another.  With each change, generic...

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SEC announces $20 million whistleblower award

November 23rd, 2016

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced an award of more than $20 million to a whistleblower who promptly came forward with valuable information that enabled the SEC to move quickly and initiate an enforcement action against wrongdoers. The $20 million award is the third highest since the SEC’s whistleblower program issued its first award in 2012.  The program has now awarded...

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"Freelance Isn’t Free” Act Signed into Law

November 17th, 2016

With overwhelming support from the New York City Council, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law the “Freelance Isn’t Free” Act which provides extensive rights to the freelancers who help keep NYC running strong.  The Act signifies a major change in how independent contractors will be treated by providing them certain protections previously extended only to employees. The Act requires...

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Pay-for-Delay Drugmakers are Denied Supreme Court Review

November 9th, 2016

The Supreme Court has denied a petition for certiorari filed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), which makes the brand drug Lamictal, and by Teva, which now sells less-expensive generic Lamictal in competition with GSK’s brand Lamictal. Lamictal is the brand name for lamotrigine, an FDA-approved anticonvulsant and mood stabilizer.  In a conspiracy challenged by purchasers of Lamictal, Teva delayed...

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