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David Felderman

Jury awards $8 Billion in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson

Posted by David Felderman on 10/14/2019

On Tuesday, October 8, 2019, a Philadelphia jury hit a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, with an $8 billion punitive damages verdict over its marketing of the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal. In doing so, the jury sided with the plaintiff who argued that the health care giant downplayed risks that the drug could lead to ...

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Reza Rezvani

Appellate Court Allows Sexual Abuse Claims against USA Taekwondo to Proceed

Posted by Reza Rezvani on 10/11/2019

A state appeals court reversed a California Superior Court's decision to dismiss defendant USA Taekwondo from a case alleging that the organization was negligent in failing to prevent a coach from sexually abusing minors. Former USA Taekwondo coach Marc Gitelman was convicted on sex abuse charges and sentenced to over four years in prison ...

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Reza Rezvani

Sex Trafficking Victim’s Suit Against Major Hoteliers Survives Dismissal

Posted by Reza Rezvani on 10/10/2019

A federal court has denied a bid by six hotel operators to dismiss a suit brought by a sex trafficking victim who was exploited at their hotels. The plaintiff's complaint details being trafficked for sex at Days Inn, Comfort Inn, and Crown Plaza locations in Columbus, Ohio. The case is brought under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization ...

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Katherine M. Lenahan

Financial Stability Board To Scrutinize Stablecoins at the G20’s Request

Posted by Katherine M. Lenahan on 10/08/2019

According to Law360, the G20 nations have requested that the Financial Stability Board ("FSB"), an international body that monitors and makes recommendations about the global financial system, assess the role that stablecoins will have on the global financial system now that Facebook's proposed stablecoin (Libra) has gained international attention ...

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Cassandra Rohme

New York State Law Now Protects Victims of Revenge Porn

Posted by Cassandra Rohme on 10/08/2019

On September 21, 2019, New York's "revenge porn" laws took effect. Revenge porn which is also called "image-based sexual abuse" and sometimes "sexploitation," is the non-consented dissemination or publication of an intimate image. Revenge porn scandals have recently engulfed the United States Marine Corps, the Los Angeles Police Department, ...

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Maxwell Michael

Envision Healthcare Investors Defeat Motion to Dismiss

Posted by Maxwell Michael on 10/08/2019

On September 19, 2019, United States District Judge Richard G. Andrews overruled Defendants' objections to an August 1, 2019 Magistrate Judge's Report & Recommendation (the "Report") issued in In re Envision Healthcare Corp., No. 18-1068-RGA (D. Del.) recommending the court deny Defendants' motion to dismiss shareholders' claims under the ...

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Reza Rezvani

Owner of a Building Liable Under NYS Labor Law 240(1) in a Construction Accident

Posted by Reza Rezvani on 10/08/2019

In Roblero v. Bais Ruchel High School, Inc., the plaintiff fell from a scaffold while he was doing plumbing work at a construction site owned by the defendant. The plaintiff was not wearing a harness or a lanyard when he fell from the scaffold. The plaintiff brought the case against the owner of the building alleging that they violated Labor ...

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David Calvello

Federal Court Certifies Class of Direct Purchasers in Antitrust Action Regarding ADHD Drug Intuniv

Posted by David Calvello on 10/07/2019

Judge Allison D. Burroughs of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts recently certified a class of direct purchasers of the ADHD drug Intuniv or its generic equivalent in an antitrust "pay-for-delay" case. In re Intuniv Antitrust Litig., 16-cv-12653-ADB (D. Mass. Sept. 24, 2019), ECF No. 343. Pay-for-delay arises ...

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Michael Van Gorder

Untimely Disclosures Regarding Medicaid Misclassification Costs Mylan N.V. $30 Million

Posted by Michael Van Gorder on 10/03/2019

On September 27, 2019, Mylan N.V. agreed to pay the SEC $30 million to settle charges brought against the Company for failing to timely disclose a loss contingency arising from a Department of Justice's investigation into Mylan's misclassification of its most profitable product, EpiPen, which resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in ...

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Alex B. Heller

Federal Judge Grants Platinum Partners Co-Founder a New Trial and Former Executive is Acquitted

Posted by Alex B. Heller on 10/01/2019

On September 27, 2019, U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan granted Platinum Partners co-founder Mark Nordlicht ("Nordlicht") a new trial and acquitted Platinum Partners executive David Levy ("Levy"). In July 2019, Nordlicht and Levy were convicted by a federal jury in the Eastern District of New York for their alleged roles in defrauding investors. ...

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