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NY, 19 other states file suit against generic drug makers – Capitol Confidential

New York is one of 20 states that have filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against six generic drug makers alleging that they entered into numerous illegal conspiracies in order to favorably affect the market for an antibiotic and an oral diabetes medication in their favor, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office said Thursday.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. (Paul Buckowski / Times Union)

Heritage Pharmaceuticals, Aurobindo Pharma USA, Citron Pharma, Mayne Pharma, Mylan Pharmaceuticals and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA are being targeted by the lawsuit.

The lawsuit claims that the companies engaged in the alleged illegal conspiracies in order to unreasonably restrain trade, artificially inflate and manipulate prices and reduce competition in the United States for doxycycline hyclate delayed release, the antibiotic, and glyburide, the oral diabetes drug. An investigation, initiated in Connecticut in July 2014, related to a number of additional generic drugs is ongoing, Schneiderman’s office said.

The lawsuit alleges that senior executives and subordinate marketing and sales executives coordinated to reduce competition with knowledge that their conduct was illegal and that they sought to avoid communicating in writing or delete written communications after they became aware of the investigation.

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Lawyer Vindicated on Appeal After Losing Case on Untimely Bathroom Break – Strategist

By William Vogeler

Some things can’t wait, like when a Florida lawyer desperately needed to leave the courtroom to go the bathroom.

But poor Jeff Tomberg had to wait 18 months for a court of appeal to excuse him. The appeals court said the trial judge should have allowed Tomberg to argue a motion, even though he was late to a hearing because he was in the bathroom. The justices said the judge abused his discretion in refusing the lawyer’s request to be heard.

“Here, because plaintiffs’ counsel was only a few minutes late for the summary judgment hearing and offered a patently reasonable explanation for his tardy appearance, and there was no showing of prejudice or willful misconduct, we find that the trial court abused its discretion in refusing to allow plaintiffs’ counsel to present argument at the hearing,” the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal said.

In other words, “Yes, Jeff, you may go now.

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Tomberg thought he would be excused for being a few minutes late that day, but he didn’t expect to become famous for it. He once won Ohio’s largest jury verdict for a child’s wrongful death, argued before the Florida Supreme Court, and practiced 39 years as a board certified trial lawyer.

“There’s an unfortunate irony here that this is what I’ll be known for,” he told Daily Business Review.

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Criminal Charges Against ‘Pizzagate’ Shooter – CourtSide

Fortunately for all involved, Edgar M. Welch surrendered to police before anyone was injured. Still, the man who took it upon himself to find out whether a popular Washington D.C. pizza restaurant was a front for a child sex slavery ring committed very real and very dangerous crimes even if the basis of his investigation was fake news. In the criminal complaint, filed in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and included below, you can see the crimes Welch is charged with, along with an account of his arrest and what he told officers regarding his motives. – See more at: http://blogs.findlaw.com/courtside/2016/12/criminal-charges-against-pizzagate-shooter.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FLCourtSide+%28CourtSide%29&DCMP=NWL-cons_breakingdocs#sthash.XkJZ0oNV.dpuf

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IRS Warns Tax Professionals of New e-Services Email Scam

The Internal Revenue Service today issued an urgent alert to tax professionals who use IRS e-services to beware of an email asking them to update their accounts and directing them to a fake website.

The subject line for the fraudulent email is “Security Awareness for Tax Professionals.” The “From” line is “Your e-Services Team.” It has both an IRS logo and an e-services logo that hyperlinks to a URL verified as a phishing site. The spoofing site poses as an e-services registration page.

Tax professionals should always go directly to IRS.gov to access e-services, never click on any links provided in emails. Tax professionals who receive a suspicious email should send it as an attachment to Phishing@irs.gov and then delete it. Recipients should not click on any links.

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Court of Appeals Declines to Reinstate Ex-Attorney Joel Brandes | New York Law Journal

The state’s highest court will not intervene to restore the law license of Joel Brandes, an ex-attorney found to have engaged in the unauthorized practice of law in defiance of a disbarment order.

In a brief, unsigned ruling Tuesday, the Court of Appeals said that just as the Appellate Division, Second Department, disbarred Brandes in 2002, his reinstatement is primarily at the discretion of the appellate court.

“Because ‘the Appellate Division is the fact finder on issues of character and fitness and its discretion is inclusive,’ our standard of review is limited to whether the Second Department abused its discretion,” the court said, quoting Matter of Anonymous, 79 NY2d 782 (1991), “Here, because there was record support for the court’s decision, there was no abuse of discretion in denying the reinstatement application.”

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and Judges Eugene Pigott Jr., Sheila Abdus-Salaam, Eugene Fahey and Michael Garcia joined in the ruling in Matter of Brandes, 162. Judges Jenny Rivera and Leslie Stein did not take part.

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Fantasy sports websites reach $12M settlement with NY state | TheHill

Daily fantasy sports websites DraftKings and FanDuel are agreeing to pay $6 million each to settle allegations from New York’s attorney general over false advertising.

“Today’s settlements make it clear that no company has a right to deceive New Yorkers for its own profit,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement Tuesday, announcing the settlement.

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