Johnson & Johnson gears up for showdown over reorg votes with ex-talc supplier

– Johnson & Johnson will urge a judge on Monday to disqualify certain votes in favor of a reorganization plan proposed by its former talc supplier, saying the votes were improperly changed in an attempt to secure necessary creditor support for the deal. The dispute is the latest between the pharmaceutical giant and Imerys Talc America, which filed for bankruptcy in February 2019 to deal with about 15,000 lawsuits alleging its products caused ovarian cancer…

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Former Labaton consultant’s suit details firm’s big-money recruiting of Euro clients

– French businessman Gerard Sillam and French lawyer Aldric Saulnier have sued the shareholder firm Labaton Sucharow in federal court in Manhattan for allegedly defrauding them out of fees they earned for introducing Labaton partners to billion-dollar European money management firms that Labaton was eager to represent in shareholder class actions. The Sillam and Saulnier complaint claims that between 2006 and 2009, Sillam helped Labaton secure client relationships with, among other funds, AGF Asset Management,…

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Quinn Emanuel awarded $185 million in fees for Obamacare case

– A federal judge on Thursday awarded Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan nearly $185 million in fees for representing health insurers that were cleared to receive $3.7 billion from the federal government under an Obamacare program. U.S. Court Federal Claims Judge Kathryn Davis approved a request the firm made after the U.S. Supreme Court last year ruled the federal government owed insurers $12 billion under a program aimed at encouraging them to offer medical coverage…

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Trial lawyer group backs effort to bring Afghan attorneys to U.S.

– The International Academy of Trial Lawyers will sponsor a move to bring four Afghan attorneys and their families, who face danger from the Taliban due to their work, to the United States under a program that could grant them temporary entry and the opportunity to apply for asylum. The names of the Afghan attorneys, who are facing threats from the Taliban due to their work in a program supporting democracy in Afghanistan, can’t be…

"Trial lawyer group backs effort to bring Afghan attorneys to U.S."

Top law firms vow to fight Texas abortion law, even if it costs them

– Legal fees be damned. That’s the message from elite law firms ready to offer pro bono assistance to people sued under the new Texas abortion law – even if it means the lawyers could be on the hook for their opponents’ legal fees. “We are committed to the effort, notwithstanding the financial risk,” said Shannon Selden, a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, one of several firms including Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and…

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Peloton puts brakes on rival Mad Dogg’s bike-patent claims

– Peloton Interactive Inc has escaped rival Mad Dogg Athletics’ claims that it infringed Mad Dogg’s exercise-bike patents, after an East Texas federal court found the relevant parts of the Mad Dogg patents were likely related to abstract ideas. Peloton showed that Mad Dogg’s patents were directed to the patent-ineligible concepts of “providing instruction for an exercise bike class” and “collecting, analyzing, and presenting information,” U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap said Wednesday in dismissing Mad…

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Four former VW employees go on trial in Dieselgate lawsuit

BRAUNSCHWEIG, Germany – Four former employees of carmaker Volkswagen went on trial on Thursday over the Dieselgate scandal in which illegal software was used to cheat emission tests. The trial, being held in the city of Braunschweig, close to Volkswagen’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, started without former CEO Martin Winterkorn, whose separate trial will take place at a later date. The four employees, who are accused of fraud, had been aware of the illegal software but…

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French court lowers AMF watchdog’s fine on Bloomberg over Vinci hoax-media

PARIS – A French appeal court on Thursday lowered to three million euros a fine France’s markets watchdog AMF had imposed on U.S. news agency Bloomberg for publishing a hoax press release, French media report. In December 2019, AMF fined Bloomberg News five million euros ($5.88 million) for publishing a hoax press release relating to construction group Vinci in November 2016. AMF said at the time Bloomberg should have known the information in the press…

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Generic drug cos in Zantac MDL want plaintiffs to pay millions in defense costs

– In July, generic drugmakers won a big decision in the multidistrict litigation alleging that the heartburn medication ranitidine, best known under the brand-name Zantac, causes cancer. U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg in West Palm Beach concluded that all of the claims against companies that made generic versions of the drug were pre-empted by federal drug labeling regulations. Now those generics defendants are trying to sock MDL plaintiffs for millions of dollars in defense costs.…

"Generic drug cos in Zantac MDL want plaintiffs to pay millions in defense costs"

U.S. court says Biden administration can likely limit immigration arrests

– A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday said the Biden administration could continue to limit who can be arrested by U.S. immigration agents pending the outcome of its appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that blocked a memo outlining new enforcement priorities. The New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the judge in Texas in an August decision was likely wrong that federal law limits the discretion immigration authorities have to decide who…

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