A Chicago jury found Thursday that Zantac heartburn medication and its generic counterparts sold by GlaxoSmithKline and Boehringer Ingelheim are not responsible for an Illinois woman's colon cancer and her subsequent, debilitating symptoms, handing the drug companies a decisive victory in the first of hundreds of such cases to go to trial.
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GSK, Boehringer Prevail In 1st Zantac Cancer Trial

By Celeste Bott

A Chicago jury found Thursday that Zantac heartburn medication and its generic counterparts sold by GlaxoSmithKline and Boehringer Ingelheim are not responsible for an Illinois woman's colon cancer and her subsequent, debilitating symptoms, handing the drug companies a decisive victory in the first of hundreds of such cases to go to trial.

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Fed. Circ. Upends Inventors' Interference Win Over Time-Bar

By Dani Kass

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board wrongly chose inventors tied to Cook Medical, rather than ones tied to Medtronic, when determining who should prevail in an interference proceeding over catheters, the Federal Circuit held Thursday.

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Ex-Judge Pushed False Narrative On Atty Romance, Firm Says

By Jake Maher

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David R. Jones of Texas, who resigned last year after his secret relationship with a Jackson Walker LLP partner was revealed, attempted to head off rumors about the relationship by asking the firm to file a false, partial disclosure in 2022, the firm alleged.

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LITIGATION

NJ Justices Toss Direct Appeals Over Hospital Contract Bid

By George Woolston

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Thursday that an independent state-owned teaching hospital's conduct cannot be challenged directly in the state's intermediate appellate court because it isn't considered an administrative agency, affirming the dismissal of two protests over the hospital's selection of a pharmacy vendor.

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J&J Loses Expedited Bid For Beasley Allen Docs In Talc MDL

By Rose Krebs

Johnson & Johnson has lost its bid in New Jersey federal court to have the Beasley Allen Law Firm quickly produce documents related to what J&J said seems to be an "intentional effort" by the firm to "bias the vote" against a proposed $6.5 billion reorganization plan for its talc subsidiary.

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DEALS

Merck To Pay $600M For KKR-Backed Life Sciences Biz

By Al Barbarino

Menlo Park, California-based Gamma Biosciences said Thursday it has agreed to sell its operating company Mirus Bio for $600 million in cash to Merck KGaA, inking the deal under the guidance of Sidley Austin LLP. 

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Just 57% Of Complex Global Deals Closed Since 2020

By Al Barbarino

About 43% of complex cross-border global deals have failed to close since the start of 2020, while the remaining 57% did close but were highly likely to involve remedies, according to a new report from Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Opioid Suits Offer Case Study In Abatement Expert Testimony

Settlements in the opioid multidistrict litigation provide useful insight into leveraging expert discovery on abatement in public nuisance cases, and would not have been successful without testimony on the costs necessary to lessen the harms of the opioid crisis, says David Burnett at DiCello Levitt.

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A Changing Regulatory Landscape For Weight Loss Drugs

As drugs originally approved to treat diabetes become increasingly popular for weight loss purposes, federal and state regulators and payors are increasing their focus on how these drugs are prescribed, and industry participants should pay close attention to rapidly evolving compliance requirements, say attorneys at Goodwin.

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Patent Lessons From 4 Federal Circuit Reversals In April

Four Federal Circuit decisions in April that reversed or vacated underlying rulings provide a number of takeaways, including that obviousness analysis requires a flexible approach, that an invalidity issue of an expired patent can be moot, and more, say Denise De Mory and Li Guo at Bunsow De Mory.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

Biden's Judicial Impact And What's Left On The Wish List

By Courtney Bublé

President Joe Biden secured confirmation of his 200th federal judge Wednesday and has transformed the judiciary by picking more women and people of color than any other president. But the upcoming election season could derail his hopes of confirming many more judges.

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Meet Biden's Latest Pennsylvania Picks For District Court

By P.J. D'Annunzio & Matthew Santoni

President Joe Biden has continued his trend of nominating public defenders to the federal bench, this time selecting two longtime defense attorneys to occupy vacancies in Pennsylvania.

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DOJ's Live Nation-Ticketmaster Suit: What You Should Know

The U.S. Department of Justice and a slew of state attorneys general filed a suit challenging the 2010 merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation. Here, catch up on Law360's coverage of the deal and those who have challenged it along the way – Taylor Swift fans, investors and regulators.

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Exiled Chinese Businessman Is No $1B Fraudster, Jury Told

By Stewart Bishop

Exiled Chinese businessman and purported billionaire Guo Wengui ran legitimate companies in support of a broad movement that opposed the Chinese Communist Party, his attorney told a Manhattan federal jury Friday, rather than what prosecutors say was a multifaceted $1 billion fraud.

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Menendez, Kasowitz Firm Spar Over Subpoena To Cooperator

By Elliot Weld

Amid his bribery trial, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey is urging a Manhattan federal judge to order a government cooperator to turn over communications involving his current counsel at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP and his former attorneys.

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McElroy Deutsch Seeks Win Against Ex-CFO After Guilty Plea

By Rose Krebs

McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP is urging a New Jersey state court to order its former chief financial officer to pay roughly $1.5 million damages for "unauthorized compensation" he paid himself and force him to disgorge $5.4 million in pay he received from the firm.

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Ex-DOJ Atty Clark Says He Was Denied A Fair Ethics Hearing

By Alison Knezevich

Former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark was denied a fair hearing in his Washington, D.C., ethics case and should not face punishment, he told an attorney disciplinary committee in a Thursday filing.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

By Sue Reisinger

Antitrust law took center stage this week as college general counsel try to figure out the what and how of paying student athletes under a new court ruling, and the U.S. Department of Justice is trying to break up the entertainment venue dominance of Live Nation and Ticketmaster.

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UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

By Max Austin

This past week in London has seen an IT engineer seek permission to search a landfill hiding a hard drive supposedly storing millions of pounds in bitcoin, Glencore take on legal action by American Century Investments, gold payment app Glint bring a breach of duty claim against FRP Advisory, and an ongoing dispute between a solicitor and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

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In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

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Using A Children's Book Approach In Firm Marketing Content

From “The Giving Tree” to “Where the Wild Things Are,” most children’s books are easy to remember because they use simple words and numbers to tell stories with a human impact — a formula law firms should emulate in their marketing content to stay front of mind for potential clients, says Seema Desai Maglio at The Found Word.

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COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

ARM Holdings PLC

AXA SA

AXA XL Ltd.

Academy Sports & Outdoors Inc.

Allergan PLC

Amneal Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Atlantic Global Insurance Services

Avolon Holdings Ltd.

Bayer AG

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG

BlueCross BlueShield of Massachusetts

Boehringer Ingelheim

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.

British Broadcasting Corp.

CVS Health Corp.

Cardinal Health Inc.

Cook Group Inc.

Defender Association of Philadelphia

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.

EMCOR Group Inc.

Eli Lilly & Co.

Endo International PLC

Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States Inc.

Ferrari SpA

Ford Motor Co.

Fordham University

Glencore PLC

HSBC Holdings PLC

Icertis Inc.

Integrys Energy Group Inc.

Jefferies Financial Group Inc.

Johnson & Johnson

Jubilee Holdings Ltd.

Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

Major Lindsey & Africa LLC

McKesson Corp.

McKinsey & Co. Inc.

Mediterranean Shipping Co. SA

Medtronic PLC

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

Merck KGaA

MilliporeSigma

Mondelez International Inc.

NBCUniversal Media LLC

NVIDIA Corp.

National Collegiate Athletic Association

Norfolk Southern Corp.

Novo Nordisk A S

OptumRx Inc.

Pac-12 Enterprises LLC

Paysafe Group PLC

Pegasus Capital Advisors LP

PetroChina Company Limited

Pfizer Inc.

Polycom Inc.

Purdue Pharma LP

QBE Insurance Group Ltd.

Sanofi

SoftBank Group Corp.

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Sorrento Therapeutics Inc.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

Sumitomo Pharma Co. Ltd.

Swissport International Ltd.

Tesla Inc.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

The District of Columbia Bar

The New York Times Co.

Therapeutics Inc.

University of Virginia

Wells Fargo & Co.

LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Beasley Allen

Bunsow De Mory

Burnham & Gorokhov

Caldwell Carlson

Clifford Chance

Clyde & Co

Crowell & Moring

DWF LLP

Davidoff Hutcher

Davis Polk

Dechert LLP

DiCello Levitt

Duane Morris

Eversheds Sutherland

Faegre Drinker

Fieldfisher

Fish & Richardson

Fox Rothschild

Fox Williams

Gateley PLC

Glenn Agre

Goldman Ismail

Goodwin Procter

Greenberg Traurig

Hamlins LLP

Hangley Aronchick

Harris St. Laurent

Hill Dickinson

Holland & Knight

Horwich Farrelly

Howes Percival

JMW Solicitors LLP

Jackson Walker LLP

Jones Day

Kane Russell

Kasowitz Benson

KaurMaxwell

Keller Postman

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Latham & Watkins

Lowenstein Sandler

Marino Tortorella

McDonald & MacGregor

McElroy Deutsch

McKool Smith

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Motley Rice

Pallas Partners

Paul Hastings

Penningtons Manches

Pillsbury Winthrop

Poole Huffman

Potter Clarkson

Pryor Cashman

Reed Smith

Rosen Hagood

Saporito Falcone

Sidley Austin

Skadden Arps

Spencer Fane

Weil Gotshal

Welsh & Recker

Wilkin Chapman

Williams & Connolly

WilmerHale

Winston & Strawn

Woodard Emhardt

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Companies House

European Commission

European Union

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Food and Drug Administration

National Labor Relations Board

New Jersey Legislature

New Jersey Supreme Court

Ohio Supreme Court

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court

United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio