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Kentucky A.G. files lawsuit over off-label promotion of fentanyl lollipop, tablets by Teva

A lawsuit filed against Teva Pharmaceuticals alleges that the company illegally promoted its fentanyl products Actiq and Fentora in Kentucky, helping to fuel the opioid epidemic in the state. The lawsuit was filed by the attorney general of Kentucky, which has been one of the states most severely affected by the nationwide opioid crisis. Read the full article…

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California biotech employees charged with theft of trade secrets on behalf of Taiwanese firm

Four employees of the California biotech company Genentech have been charged in federal court with stealing medical formulas and other trade secrets for a rival Taiwanese firm. According to an indictment that was unsealed in San Francisco federal court, a senior scientist at Genentech and three co-workers stole trade secrets on behalf of JHL Biotech from 2012 until 2017, when they were caught by the FBI. Read the full article…

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Purdue Pharma hid addiction risk of OxyContin, New York lawsuit alleges

Purdue Pharma new about the risk of addiction associated with the opioid painkiller OxyContin years before disclosing these dangers to the public, a New York lawsuit alleges. Purdue is facing a lawsuit filed on behalf of county governments in New York alleging that Purdue continued to promote OxyContin in spite of its knowledge that the drug was being routinely abused by patients, putting them at risk of addiction, overdose, and other side effects. Read the full article…

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GM, Bosch face class action over Chevy Cruze diesel emissions cheating allegations

General Motors and Robert Bosch LLC are facing a class action lawsuit alleging that the two companies conspired to hide the high emissions levels of Chevrolet models. GM and Bosch are accused of equipping Chevrolet Cruze diesel vehicles with emissions defeat devices, which were designed to hide the excess emissions levels of these cars from drivers and federal regulators. Read the full article…

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Patients injured by defective Cyberonics VNS Therapy generators may qualify to file a lawsuit

Cyberonics has recalled AspireSR Model 106 Generators used in the company’s VNS Therapy System on six occasions due to problems that could lead to serious complications. Patients who were implanted with a Cyberonics VNS Therapy System equipped with the Model 106 Generator may be eligible to file a lawsuit over complications involving their epilepsy or depression symptoms that were made worse due to defects with this device. Read the full article…

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Texas judge dismisses patent infringement claims by ‘serial litigant’ over watermarking technology

A Texas district court judge has tossed a $210 million lawsuit filed against Frontier Communications Corp. accusing the company of patent infringement. Frontier alleged that the company that filed the lawsuit, Blue Spike, was a “serial litigant” whose allegations amounted to little more than 140 pages of boilerplate accusations. Read the full article…

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Study linking infant walkers to hundreds of thousands of injuries in children strengthens calls for a U.S. ban

A new study published by the journal Pediatrics has found that infant walkers caused hundreds of thousands of children to be hospitalized in the U.S. over a 25 year period. Health experts have called on federal regulators to ban infant walkers in the U.S. because of the risks they pose for causing serious injuries to young children. Read the full article…

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Study finds traces of Roundup in popular children’s breakfast cereals

A new study has found that traces of the herbicide Roundup have been detected in some children’s cereals. Experts concerned about the health effects of glyphosate – the active ingredient in Roundup – say that the presence of the chemical in cereals for children could increase the risk of cancer for children who consume these products. Read the full article…

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