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Massachusetts Federal Court Approves Over $70 Million in Pay-For-Delay Settlements

August 1st, 2018

On July 18, 2018, U.S. District Judge Denise J. Casper granted final approval to two settlements between a class of direct purchasers and drugmakers Impax Laboratories Inc. and Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. to end the pay-for-delay action involving the acne medication Solodyn.  Combined with the other settlements in the case, it amounts to more than $70 million. In giving her preliminary...

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Closing Time for California Employers Who Short Workers’ Wages at the End of Shifts

July 27th, 2018

On July 26, 2018, the California Supreme Court ruled that Starbucks cannot rely on the de minimis doctrine to combat its ex-employee’s claims for unpaid wages when closing the coffee shop at the end of the day.  The ruling is a significant win for hourly workers as it ensures that Golden State employers cannot duck liability when failing to pay workers’ wages for only a few minutes of...

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Minnesota Federal Court Ices NHL Players’ Concussion Litigation

July 16th, 2018

On July 13, 2018, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota declined to certify a class of retired National Hockey League (“NHL”) players seeking long term medical monitoring costs from the NHL for concussion injuries they sustained while playing for the NHL. The NHL players’ cause of action alleged that the players sustained serious concussive injuries as a result...

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Ain’t That a Sham? FTC awarded $448 million over sham litigation claim for Androgel

July 5th, 2018

On Friday, June 29, the FTC prevailed against Abbvie and Besins after a bench trial in which the FTC sought disgorgement damages for sham litigation against generic competitors over the drug, Androgel.  The FTC rang the bell for $448 million. The FTC first filed the complaint in 2014 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania alleging the defendants...

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Supreme Court Closes Tax Loophole for Online Retailers

June 26th, 2018

In a 5-4 decision yesterday, the Supreme Court closed a tax loophole that prohibited states from taxing certain online retailers.  In South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., the Court overruled its 1992 decision in Quill Corporation v. North Dakota which prohibited states from taxing retailers with no physical presence within their boundaries.  Relying on the Commerce Clause, the Court found that...

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