Life Sciences

  • March 29, 2024

    Biotech Co. Inflated Gene Therapy Prospects, Investors Claim

    Massachusetts-based biotechnology company Bluebird Bio Inc. misled investors by understating the safety concerns of a gene therapy for sickle cell, causing damages when stock prices dropped, according to a proposed class action suit filed Thursday in Massachusetts district court.

  • March 28, 2024

    Penile Implant Doc Awarded $18.3M After Trade Secrets Trial

    A California federal judge on Thursday awarded more than $18.3 million in royalties and damages to a urologist who won a jury trial verdict last year over a competitor's theft of penile implant trade secrets.

  • March 28, 2024

    Accused 'Shadow Trader' Can't Recall Why He Bought Stock

    A California federal jury considering regulators' claims that an ex-Medivation executive engaged in "shadow trading" of a rival's stock heard video-recorded testimony Thursday from the executive, who said he couldn't recall why he purchased the securities just minutes after learning Pfizer was close to acquiring his own company.

  • March 28, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Won't Stop Sales Of Heart Valve Testers

    The Federal Circuit held Thursday that a California federal judge wasn't wrong to deny an injunction request after declaring that a "substantial question of validity" had been raised over a patent covering a way of testing the durability of a heart valve.

  • March 28, 2024

    2 Firms Steer Close Of Hildred's $750M Continuation Fund

    Healthcare-focused private equity firm Hildred Capital, advised by Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Lowenstein Sandler LLP, on Thursday said it clinched a multiasset continuation fund after securing more than $750 million in commitments, which will be used to acquire two companies from the firm's previous funds.

  • March 28, 2024

    Pfizer Wants Moderna Vax IP Case Paused For PTAB Review

    Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE have asked a Massachusetts federal court to put on hold a COVID-19 vaccine patent case brought by rival biotechnology giant Moderna Inc. while they await a decision from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on the validity of two of the three patents at issue.

  • March 28, 2024

    Fees Awarded For 'Feeble' Milk Vitamin Eligibility Argument

    A Delaware federal judge has ordered ChromaDex Inc. and Dartmouth College to pay attorney fees to Elysium Health for making a "feeble" and failed argument defending their milk vitamin patents from an eligibility challenge, saying he's rarely been more confident that a suit was unreasonable.

  • March 28, 2024

    Rite Aid Says It Has Creditor Deal, Gets OK For Plan Vote

    A New Jersey bankruptcy judge Thursday gave Rite Aid the go-ahead to send its Chapter 11 plan out for a creditor vote after hearing it has reached a $47.5 million deal with unsecured creditors and is close to a settlement on state and federal claims over drug sales.

  • March 28, 2024

    MSG-Maker Says Chinese Exporters Skirting Duties Via Malaysia

    The U.S. arm of Japanese monosodium glutamate manufacturer Ajinomoto Co. Inc. claims Chinese MSG producers are using a Malaysian competitor to evade duties on the umami flavor enhancer, saying the Malaysian company's facility isn't big enough to produce the product.

  • March 28, 2024

    Implant Maker's Bribe Case Ripe For Trimming, Judge Says

    A money laundering charge levied against implant manufacturer SpineFrontier Inc. and its executives may be dropped from the broader bribery and kickback prosecution as a Boston federal judge Thursday struggled to square up how the company could have allegedly concealed the unlawful transfers to surgeons while also disclosing them publicly.

  • March 28, 2024

    McCarter & English Wins Extra $1.8M In Client Billing Suit

    A Connecticut federal judge has found that McCarter & English LLP is entitled to another $1.8 million on top of the $1.85 million it has already been granted as a prejudgment remedy in a contract dispute, saying the former client on the hook for the award must also disclose assets under oath that could support the total $3.65 million award.

  • March 27, 2024

    Merger News Boosts Rivals, 'Shadow Trading' Jury Told

    Medivation's 2016 sale announcement would have an expected positive "spillover effect" on rival Incyte's stock price, a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission expert testified Wednesday in a "shadow trading" trial over claims an ex-Medivation executive exploited confidential news of his company's imminent acquisition to buy shares in the competitor.

  • March 27, 2024

    Latham, Cooley Steer Oncology Firm's $100M IPO

    Clinical-stage oncology firm Boundless Bio Inc. raised a $100 million initial public offering at the middle of its price range late on Wednesday, represented by Latham & Watkins LLP and underwriters' counsel Cooley LLP, joining a potentially recovering IPO market.

  • March 27, 2024

    ITC Judge Recommends Exclusion Order In Tourniquet IP Row

    A U.S. International Trade Commission administrative judge has recommended the commission order that imports of products related to blood flow restriction be banned, handing a win to a pair of American medical product manufacturers.

  • March 27, 2024

    NY AG, Others Blast Sandoz Deal 'Tax' On Future Settlements

    New York's attorney general was one of three objectors Tuesday to a provision in Sandoz's proposed $265 million settlement with a class of drug wholesalers in Pennsylvania federal court that they say will delay any future generic-drug price-fixing litigation deals by taxing agreements over $119.25 million.

  • March 27, 2024

    Eli Lilly Age Bias Suit Over Promotions Nabs Collective Status

    An age discrimination suit accusing Eli Lilly of passing over older workers for promotions in favor of millennials can move forward as a collective action, an Indiana federal judge ruled, finding thousands of workers may have been affected by the same policy.

  • March 27, 2024

    BCBS Can't Escape Therapy Coverage Suit

    A North Carolina federal judge refused to throw out a proposed class action accusing Blue Cross Blue Shield of unlawfully refusing to cover proton beam therapy to treat prostate cancer, saying the case could remain in court if a state worker health plan is added as a defendant.

  • March 26, 2024

    Jackson Paints Abortion Clash As Microcosm Of Bigger Brawl

    A war of words Tuesday at the U.S. Supreme Court over access to abortion medication marked a climactic moment after a lengthy legal slugfest. But probing questions from Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson illustrated that the main event for reproductive rights was also simply a single round in a much larger fight over the government's regulatory powers.

  • March 26, 2024

    Banker Describes Confidential Work In 'Shadow Trading' Trial

    An Evercore investment banker who worked on Medivation's 2016 sale to Pfizer testified Tuesday in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's novel "shadow trading" trial, saying the defendant was involved in a confidential process that identified biopharma company Incyte as comparable to Medivation — information the defendant is accused of trading on.

  • March 26, 2024

    Pharmacy Owner Gets 42 Months For $25M Kickback Scam

    A medical equipment pharmacy owner was sentenced to 42 months in prison Tuesday for carrying out a $25 million kickback scheme with a patient-leads broker as part of a scheme to falsely bill the federal government for care.

  • March 26, 2024

    FTC Urges Court To Pause Novant's NC Hospital Deal

    The Federal Trade Commission is urging a North Carolina federal court to pause Novant Health's $320 million deal for a pair of hospitals, contending the move would give Novant an "eye-popping" share of the hospital market in a Charlotte suburb.

  • March 26, 2024

    Opioid Public Nuisance Claims 'Unique,' Ohio High Court Told

    Counsel for two Ohio counties that won a $650 million verdict against Walmart, CVS and Walgreens told the Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday that opioids are a "unique" problem during oral arguments about whether the counties' public nuisance claims are blocked by the state's product liability law.

  • March 26, 2024

    In Abortion Case, Gorsuch Frets 'Rash' Of National Injunctions

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch renewed his criticisms of nationwide injunctions Tuesday, saying a Texas judge's universal order limiting access to popular abortion medication mifepristone turned a potentially small legal challenge into a national debate.

  • March 26, 2024

    6 Firms Build $340M SPAC Merger For AI-Driven Medicine Biz

    Precision medicine company OmnigenicsAI Corp. on Tuesday announced it and artificial intelligence-enabled preventative medicine company MultiplAI Health Ltd., which it recently agreed to acquire, will go public through a merger with blank-check company APx Acquisition Corp. I in a deal built by six firms, valuing the two businesses at a combined $340 million.

  • March 26, 2024

    Pet Drug Maker Faces EU Probe For Axing Pipeline Dog Med

    The European Union's antitrust authority said Tuesday it has launched a probe into whether Zoetis Inc. had illegally blocked competition by acquiring a pipeline product designed to treat pain in dogs and axing a potential rival's deal to sell it.

Expert Analysis

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    ESG Around The World: Brazil

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    Environmental, social and governance issues have increasingly translated into new legislation in Brazil since 2020, and in the wake of these recently enacted regulations, we are likely to see a growing number of legal disputes in the largest South American country related to ESG issues such as greenwashing if companies are not prepared to adequately adapt and comply, say attorneys at Mattos Filho.

  • Opinion

    Gilead Ruling Signals That Innovating Can Lead To Liability

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    A California appeals court's ruling last month in Gilead Life Sciences v. Superior Court of San Francisco that a drug manufacturer can be held liable for delaying the introduction of an improved version of its medication raises concerns about the chilling effects that expansive product liability claims may have on innovation, says Gary Myers at the University of Missouri School of Law.

  • Opinion

    Vidal Should Amend USPTO Precedent In Automaker Review

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    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Kathi Vidal's recent decision to review Ford and Honda patent challenges that were rejected by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board provides an opportunity to revisit precedents that have unfairly denied companies a fair review process and align them with commonsense principles of legal equity, says former Sen. Patrick Leahy.

  • Grant Compliance Takeaways From Ga. Tech's FCA Settlement

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    Georgia Tech’s recent False Claims Act settlement over its failure to detect compliance shortcomings in a grant program was unique in that it involved a voluntary repayment of funds prior to the resolution, offering a few key lessons for universities receiving research funding from the government, says Jonathan Porter at Husch Blackwell.

  • Series

    Competing In Dressage Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My lifelong participation in the sport of dressage — often called ballet on horses — has proven that several skills developed through training and competition are transferable to legal work, especially the ability to harness focus, persistence and versatility when negotiating a deal, says Stephanie Coco at V&E.

  • How Poor Governance, Weak Contracts Harm Cannabis Cos.

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    Decades into cannabis decriminalization and legalization, many companies in the industry still operate on a handshake basis or fail to keep even minimally required records, which can have devastating effects and lead to costly, business-killing litigation, says Griffen Thorne at Harris Bricken.

  • Del. Ruling Adds Momentum For Caremark Plaintiffs

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    The Delaware Supreme Court's recent opinion in Lebanon County Employees' Retirement Fund v. Collis could be viewed as expanding plaintiffs' ability to viably plead a Caremark claim against directors, so Delaware companies should be on heightened alert and focus on creating a record of board oversight, say attorneys at V&E.

  • How Biotech Cos. Can Utilize Synthetic Royalty Financing

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    Synthetic royalty transactions have been on the rise as a funding structure for biotechnology companies, but questions have arisen surrounding how such transactions work, and structuring them correctly requires a nuanced understanding, say Todd Trattner and Ryan Murr at Gibson Dunn.

  • The Legal Industry Needs A Cybersecurity Paradigm Shift

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    As law firms face ever-increasing risks of cyberattacks and ransomware incidents, the legal industry must implement robust cybersecurity measures and privacy-centric practices to preserve attorney-client privilege, safeguard client trust and uphold the profession’s integrity, says Ryan Paterson at Unplugged.

  • Fed. Circ. In Jan.: One Word Can Affect Claim Construction

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    The Federal Circuit's recent Pacific Biosciences v. Personal Genomics decision highlights how even construction of a simple term can be dispositive, and thus disputed, in view of the specific context provided by the surrounding claim language, say Jeremiah Helm and Sean Murray at Knobbe.

  • 5 Reasons Associates Shouldn't Take A Job Just For Money

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    As a number of BigLaw firms increase salary scales for early-career attorneys, law students and lateral associates considering new job offers should weigh several key factors that may matter more than financial compensation, say Albert Tawil at Lateral Hub and Ruvin Levavi at Power Forward.

  • How Biotech Deals May Help Competition, Despite FTC View

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    The Federal Trade Commission's complaint against Sanofi's proposed partnership with Maze Therapeutics highlights increasing skepticism of so-called killer acquisitions, but a closer look reveals potentially legitimate reasons behind why entities might decide to delay or abandon the development of acquired products, say consultants at Analysis Group.

  • Expediting Psychedelics Approvals In The US And Canada

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    Accelerated regulatory pathways for psychedelics in the U.S. and Canada play a pivotal role in the progression of drugs, devices and novel therapies toward commercialization, say Kimberly Chew at Husch Blackwell, and Ana Dukic and Sabrina Ramkellawan at AxialBridge.

  • Series

    Playing Competitive Tennis Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My experience playing competitive tennis has highlighted why prioritizing exercise and stress relief, maintaining perspective under pressure, and supporting colleagues in pursuit of a common goal are all key aspects of championing a successful legal career, says Madhumita Datta at Lowenstein Sandler.

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    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Djerassi On Super Bowl 52

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    Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Ramy Djerassi discusses how Super Bowl 52, in which the Philadelphia Eagles prevailed over the New England Patriots, provides an apt metaphor for alternative dispute resolution processes in commercial business cases.

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