Nate Raymond

Reuters

@nateraymond

  • Currently a legal affairs correspondent for Reuters covering Boston courts, health, and pharmaceutical cases.
  • Graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a degree in Journalism
  • Previously served as a reporter for The Am Law Litigation Daily.
Opioid maker Insys paid physician assistant kickbacks, U.S. jury hears

Dec 12

A former physician assistant in New Hampshire put his own greed ahead of medical obligations by taking kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics Inc to prescribe patients its highly addictive fentanyl spray, a federal prosecutor said on Wednesday.

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Physician assistant faces U.S. trial over Insys opioid kickbacks

Dec 12

A former physician assistant is set to face trial in New Hampshire on Wednesday over charges he accepted kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics Inc to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl spray the drugmaker produced.

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Physician assistant faces U.S. trial over Insys opioid kickbacks

Dec 12

A former physician assistant is set to face trial in New Hampshire on Wednesday over charges he accepted kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics Inc to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl spray the drugmaker produced.

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J&J unit to pay $360 million to U.S. to resolve charity kickback probe

Dec 6

A unit of Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay the U.S. government $360 million to resolve an investigation into its financial support of charities that help Medicare patients cover out-of-pocket drug costs, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday.

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J&J unit to pay $360 mln to U.S. to resolve charity kickback probe

Dec 6

A unit of Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay the U.S. government $360 million to resolve an investigation into its financial support of charities that help Medicare patients cover out-of-pocket drug costs, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday.

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Allergan says tossing Pfizer lawsuit could endanger potential opioid accord

Dec 4

Allergan PLC says the chances of reaching a global settlement in the federal opioid litigation could be jeopardized if a judge dismisses a lawsuit seeking to force Pfizer Inc to indemnify it in cases involving a painkiller Allergan acquired from a company Pfi…

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Fraternities, sororities sue Harvard over single-sex club crackdown

Dec 3

A group of U.S. fraternities and sororities on Monday sued Harvard University, saying its crackdown on single-sex clubs amounted to sexual discrimination.

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Former Insys executive pleads guilty to opioid bribe scheme

Nov 29

A former executive at Insys Therapeutics Inc pleaded guilty on Wednesday to participating in a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe the company's powerful opioid medication and entered into a deal to cooperate with prosecutors.

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Former Insys executive pleads guilty to opioid bribe scheme

Nov 28

A former executive at Insys Therapeutics Inc pleaded guilty on Wednesday to participating in a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe the company's powerful opioid medication and entered into a deal to cooperate with prosecutors.

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Former executive at opioid maker Insys to plead guilty

Nov 28

A former executive at Insys Therapeutics Inc is expected to plead guilty on Wednesday to charges that he participated in a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe the company's opioid drug.

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Ex-Morgan Stanley adviser gets five years in U.S. prison for fraud

Nov 27

A former Morgan Stanley adviser was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday after he admitted that he misused client funds to invest in a wind farm project and to cover his own personal expenses, including college tuition for his children.

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Former Aveo Pharmaceuticals CFO misled investors - jury

Nov 21

A federal jury in Boston on Tuesday found Aveo Pharmaceuticals Inc's former chief financial officer liable for defrauding investors by hiding bad news about the biotech's efforts to obtain regulatory approval for a kidney cancer drug. Following a two-week tri…

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Trial spotlights US drug safety concerns at compounding pharmacies - Reuters

Nov 19

Reuters Trial spotlights US drug safety concerns at compounding pharmacies Reuters BOSTON (Reuters) - A top U.S. Food and Drug Administration official testified on Monday that the agency has concerns about drugs made by compounding pharmacies and still sees p…

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Washington state research companies, owner indicted for fraud

Nov 10

The owner of two Washington state medical research companies has been indicted on charges that he engaged in a fraudulent scheme to enrich himself by falsifying data for a drug trial testing an opioid alternative.'

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Former Harvard president defends school in Asian-American bias trial

Nov 1

Former Harvard University President Drew Faust on Thursday rejected claims that the Ivy League school discriminates against Asian-American applicants, saying that doing so would be "totally at odds with what we believe."

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Former Harvard president defends school in Asian-American bias trial

Nov 1

Former Harvard University President Drew Faust on Thursday rejected claims that the Ivy League school discriminates against Asian-American applicants, saying that doing so would be "totally at odds with what we believe."

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Washington state seeks to hold J&J liable for not disclosing mesh risks

Oct 29

Washington's attorney general has asked a state court judge to rule that Johnson & Johnson failed to disclose the risks of serious, debilitating conditions that women using its surgical mesh devices could develop.'

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Bayer wins exclusion of Mirena plaintiffs' experts

Oct 24

A federal judge on Wednesday dealt a setback to women suing over claims they developed a condition that can result in vision problems after using Bayer AG's Mirena contraceptive device, excluding all of the expert witnesses who would back that claim.&

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Maryland asks U.S. Supreme Court to revive drug price-gouging law

Oct 20

Maryland on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take a case about whether it can enforce a 2017 state law that allows its attorney general to sue generic drugmakers who sharply raise prices on medications without running afoul of the U.S. Constitution.

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Allergan seeks Ropes & Gray records in lawsuit over compounded drugs

Oct 19

Allergan PLC is seeking to force two related companies that sell compounded medications that compete with its Aczone acne treatment to disclose their communications with law firm Ropes & Gray, which wrote a memo supporting their business model's legality.

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Compounding pharmacy fraud case unsealed despite U.S. objections

Oct 17

A federal judge in Philadelphia has taken the unusual step of ordering the unsealing of a whistleblower lawsuit accusing a compounding pharmacy of defrauding government healthcare programs despite requests by the U.S. Justice Department to keep the case seale…

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Minnesota accuses insulin makers of deceptive drug pricing

Oct 17

Minnesota's attorney general on Tuesday filed a lawsuit accusing drug manufacturers Sanofi SA, Novo Nordisk and Eli Lilly and Co of deceptively raising prices for insulin.

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Ex-State Street executive gets prison in U.S. for defrauding clients

Oct 16

A former State Street Corp executive was sentenced on Tuesday to 18 months in prison after being convicted of taking part in a scheme to overcharge customers of the bank by applying secret commissions on billions of dollars' worth of trades.

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UPDATE 2-Ex-State Street exec gets prison in U.S. for defrauding clients

Oct 16

A former State Street Corp executive was sentenced on Tuesday to 18 months in prison after being convicted of taking part in a scheme to overcharge customers of the bank by applying secret commissions on billions of dollars' worth of trades.

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Harvard accused of bias against Asian-Americans at trial

Oct 15

Harvard University discriminates against Asian-American applicants in order to limit how many it admits, a lawyer for a group suing the school said on Monday at the start of a trial that could have wider implications for the role of race in U.S. college admis…

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Harvard accused of bias against Asians-Americans at trial

Oct 15

Harvard University discriminates against Asian-American applicants in order to limit how many it admits, a lawyer for a group suing the school said on Monday at the start of a trial that could have wider implications for the role of race in U.S. college admis…

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Harvard discriminates against Asian-Americans, lawyer says at trial

Oct 15

Harvard University discriminates against Asian-American applicants in order to illegally limit how many it admits, a lawyer for a group suing the school said on Monday at the start of a closely watched trial.

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Trial starts on claim Harvard discriminates against Asian-Americans

Oct 15

A trial began on Monday in a lawsuit alleging Harvard University discriminates against Asian-American applicants, a closely watched case that could influence how U.S. colleges may use race as a factor in their admissions decisions.

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Trial opens on claim Harvard discriminates against Asian-Americans

Oct 15

Harvard University is set to face trial on Monday over accusations that it discriminates against Asian-American applicants in a closely watched lawsuit that could influence the use of race as a factor in college admissions decisions.

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Harvard bias trial to spotlight use of race in college admissions

Oct 12

A lawsuit challenging the use of race as a factor in U.S. college admissions will go to trial in Boston on Monday, when Harvard University will face accusations that it discriminates against Asian-American applicants.

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Harvard bias trial to spotlight use of race in college admissions

Oct 12

A lawsuit challenging the use of race as a factor in U.S. college admissions will go to trial in Boston on Monday, when Harvard University will face accusations that it discriminates against Asian-American applicants.'

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Ex-hospital employee pleads guilty in case tied to meningitis outbreak

Oct 11

A former employee of a Massachusetts hospital pleaded guilty on Thursday to making false statements to federal agents regarding payments he received from a sister firm of New England Compounding Center, a compounding pharmacy at the center of a deadly fungal …

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Supplement maker USPlabs, others lose bid to dismiss criminal charges

Oct 8

A federal judge has refused to dismiss charges against dietary supplement maker USPlabs LLC and several of its executives accused of falsely claiming it used natural plant extracts in its products rather than synthetic ingredients made in China.

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Louisiana wins revival of lawsuit against Takeda over Actos cancer risks

Oct 4

A Louisiana appellate court has revived a lawsuit by the state's attorney general accusing Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd of engaging in a fraudulent campaign to mislead the state about the risks of cancer associated with its diabetes drug Actos.

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Colgate defeats case alleging asbestos in talc caused woman's cancer

Oct 2

Colgate-Palmolive has won the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that a talcum powder the company used to market contained asbestos and caused a deceased Georgia woman to develop ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.'

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Harvard admissions bias case can proceed to trial: U.S. judge

Sep 28

A federal judge on Friday cleared the way for a lawsuit accusing Harvard University of discriminating against Asian-American applicants to go to trial, ruling in a closely watched case that could impact the use of race-based college admissions.

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Harvard admissions bias case can proceed to trial: U.S. judge

Sep 28

A federal judge on Friday cleared the way for a lawsuit accusing Harvard University of discriminating against Asian-American applicants to go to trial, a closely watched case that could influence the use of race in college admissions decisions.

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3D printing startups settle trade secrets claims mid-trial

Sep 27

Two Massachusetts-based 3D metal-printing startups on Thursday reached a settlement mid-trial resolving dueling claims that the companies stole trade secrets from each other in order to dominate the nascent market for desktop-sized printers that can make meta…

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J&J seeks to overturn $245 million hip implant verdict

Sep 27

Johnson & Johnson has asked a federal judge to overturn a $245 million jury award to six patients who said they were injured by defective Pinnacle hip implants, saying the trial was "rife with inflammatory, irrelevant and inadmissible evidence."US

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U.S. Supreme Court to review Medicare reimbursement case

Sep 27

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to decide whether the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services improperly changed how it would calculate Medicare payments to hospitals who treated high numbers of low-income patients in 2012.US

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California judge declares mistrial in J&J talc cancer case

Sep 24

A California state court judge on Monday declared a mistrial in the case of a woman who alleged that she developed cancer after using Johnson & Johnson talc-based products that she claims contain asbestos.US'

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Ex-employees of pharmacy in meningitis outbreak win separate trials

Sep 24

A federal judge on Monday ruled that two pharmacists accused of helping fill fake prescriptions while working at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy linked to a deadly 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak must be tried separately from their six co-defendants.US

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Man who threatened Boston Globe also called NY Times, NFL prosecutor

Sep 24

.S. investigators are probing whether a man accused of threatening to kill journalists at the Boston Globe after calling them "the enemy of the people" made similar threats to the New York Times and National Football League, a prosecutor said on Monday.US

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Lawsuit targets Massachusetts utility over deadly gas explosions

Sep 18

A resident of a Massachusetts city rocked by last week's deadly gas blasts that damaged dozens of homes sued utility operator NiSource Inc on Tuesday, accusing it of inadequately maintaining its distribution system.

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Boston suburbs gas pipeline accident biggest since 2010

Sep 14

Some 8,000 people in Boston's suburbs had little hope of returning home soon as investigators scrambled on Friday to find out the cause of dozens of gas explosions that destroyed scores of homes in the biggest such accident in nearly a decade.

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UPDATE 5-Boston suburbs gas pipeline accident biggest since 2010

Sep 14

Some 8,000 people in Boston's suburbs had little hope of returning home soon as investigators scrambled on Friday to find out the cause of dozens of gas explosions that destroyed scores of homes in the biggest such accident in nearly a decade.

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UPDATE 3-Boston suburbs gas pipeline accident biggest since 2010 -safety bureau

Sep 14

Some 8,000 people in Boston's suburbs had little hope of returning home soon as investigators scrambled on Friday to find out the cause of dozens of gas explosions that destroyed scores of homes in the biggest such accident in nearly a decade.

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'Pure evil': Ex-New England mob boss gets life in prison for 1993 murder

Sep 13

An octogenarian former New England mob boss was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday as the grown children of a nightclub owner he was convicted of murdering in 1993 accused him of devastating their lives and being "pure evil."

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Former Theranos execs Holmes, Balwani fight subpoena enforcement

Sep 10

Theranos Inc founder Elizabeth Holmes and the blood-testing technology firm's former president, Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani, have asked a federal judge to block prosecutors from enforcing a grand jury subpoena seeking thousands of records from the failed Silicon V…

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U.S. appeals court says Missouri can enforce abortion laws

Sep 10

A federal appeals court on Monday cleared the way for Missouri to enforce state laws requiring doctors who perform abortions to be affiliated with hospitals and abortion clinics to be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers.

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UnitedHealth wins case challenging Medicare Advantage payment rule

Sep 7

A federal judge on Friday struck down a rule the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services adopted in 2014 requiring Medicare Advantage insurers to return payments from the government that were based on incorrect diagnostic codes.

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U.S. man to admit to sending threatening letters to Trump's sons

Sep 7

A Massachusetts man has agreed to plead guilty to charges he mailed threatening letters containing a suspicious powder to several prominent people, including U.S. President Donald Trump's sons, federal prosecutors in Boston said on Friday.

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U.S. FDA proposes restricting compounding of 3 drug substances

Aug 27

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday proposed excluding three substances from a list of ingredients that could be used to manufacture compounded medications in bulk for use by hospitals and doctors' offices.

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U.S. judge says lawsuit over married immigrants' arrests can proceed

Aug 23

A lawsuit attempting to block the Trump administration from arresting illegal immigrants seeking to legalize their status based on their marriages to U.S. citizens can move forward, a federal judge in Boston ruled on Thursday.

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CVS pays $1 million to resolve DEA probe in Alabama

Aug 22

CVS Health Corp has agreed to pay a $1 million penalty to resolve allegations that a pharmacy it owns in Alabama violated federal recordkeeping regulations in relation to its dispensing of painkillers and other prescription drugs.

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Endo resumes lawsuit challenging FDA drug-compounding policy

Aug 15

Endo International PLC on Wednesday said it will proceed with a lawsuit challenging how the Food and Drug Administration regulates drug compounding after a firm released a compounded product similar to its blood pressure medicine Vasostrict.

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U.S. joins lawsuits against Indivior, Reckitt over drug Suboxone

Aug 8

The U.S. Justice Department has joined several whistleblower lawsuits against Indivior Plc and Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC, alleging that the drugmakers improperly marketed the opioid addiction treatment Suboxone.

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Autism behavioral treatment provider settles billing case for $8.8 mln

Aug 3

The U.S. Justice Department announced on Thursday it had reached a civil settlement with Early Autism Project Inc, resolving an investigation prompted by a federal whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former employee in 2015.

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Allergan sues Pfizer over costs of opioid litigation

Aug 2

Allergan Plc on Thursday sued Pfizer Inc to force its larger rival to cover any damages Allergan is forced to pay as a result of hundreds of lawsuits claiming it deceptively marketed an opioid acquired from Pfizer.

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Allergan sues Pfizer over costs of opioid litigation

Aug 2

Allergan Plc on Thursday sued Pfizer Inc to force its larger rival to cover any damages Allergan is forced to pay as a result of hundreds of lawsuits claiming it deceptively marketed an opioid acquired from Pfizer.

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Four U.S. cities sue over Trump 'sabotage' of Obamacare

Aug 2

Four major U.S. cities filed a lawsuit on Thursday contending that President Donald Trump's administration is unconstitutionally seeking to undermine Obamacare by failing to faithfully execute the healthcare law.

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Massachusetts man convicted of cyber attack on hospital

Aug 1

A Massachusetts man was convicted on Wednesday of carrying out a cyber attack on a Boston hospital's network on behalf of the hacking activist group Anonymous in protest of its treatment of a teenager at the center of a high-profile custody dispute.

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U.S. arrests business executive charged with bribing PDVSA official

Aug 1

A business executive who controlled multiple energy companies that supplied equipment to Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA[PDVSA.UL] has been arrested in the latest case to spill out of a broad U.S. bribery investigation.

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Puerto Rico storm evacuees to ask judge to block evictions

Aug 1

A federal judge on Wednesday will consider whether to extend an order preventing the eviction of hundreds of Puerto Rican families who fled the hurricane-ravaged island in 2017 and have been living in hotels and motels across the United States.

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Former State Street executive avoids prison in U.S. fraud case

Jul 31

A former State Street Corp executive avoided prison on Tuesday after cooperating with U.S. authorities investigating a scheme to defraud clients of the bank by applying secret commissions on billions of dollars in securities trades.

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Durable medical equipment firm owner admits to $9.8 mln Medicaid fraud

Jul 25

The owner of a company that provided durable medical equipment pleaded guilty on Wednesday to engaging in healthcare fraud that resulted in $9.8 million in false claims being submitted to Medicaid, the U.S. Justice Department said.

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U.S. court weighs challenge to Boston gun restrictions

Jul 25

A federal appeals court on Wednesday weighed whether the U.S. Constitution guarantees a right to carry guns in public for self-defense in a lawsuit challenging the firearm licensing policies of two Massachusetts municipalities including Boston.

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Florida healthcare plan must repay $5.75 mln to Medicare - judge

Jul 24

U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden in Washington, D.C. ruled on Monday that the agency's decision to require Choice Care Health Plan Inc to repay the reimbursements was not arbitrary, capricious or an abuse of discretion.

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Massachusetts to probe e-cigarette maker Juul over sales to minors

Jul 24

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said on Tuesday her office is investigating e-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc and two online retailers to determine whether they violated state law by failing to prevent minors from buying their products.

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Virginia hospital wins challenge to Medicaid payment rule

Jul 23

A federal appeals court on Monday upheld an injunction blocking the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services from enforcing a 2010 policy that altered how Medicaid payments to hospitals that treat high numbers of low-income patients are calculated.

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Theranos settles lawsuit claiming it defrauded investors

Jul 23

Theranos Inc has reached a settlement in a lawsuit by indirect investors who claimed the blood-testing company defrauded them by touting revolutionary technology that never existed.

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Former Equifax employee pleads guilty to insider trading

Jul 23

A former Equifax Inc employee pleaded guilty on Monday to having engaged in insider trading before the credit reporting company last year disclosed a cyber attack that exposed the personal data of about 148 million people.

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8th Circuit upholds Minnesota doctor's $421,000 restitution order

Jul 19

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld an order requiring a Minnesota doctor to pay the U.S. government more than $421,000 in restitution as part of her sentence for accepting kickbacks from a pharmacy in exchange for patient referrals.

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Pharmacy tech charged in case tied to U.S. meningitis outbreak

Jul 18

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged a pharmacy technician who worked at a hospital with making false statements during an investigation related to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy at the center of a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak in 2012.

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U.S. judge questions scope of indictment against Insys founder

Jul 17

A federal judge on Tuesday expressed concern about the scope of an indictment against several former Insys Therapeutics Inc executives accused of bribing doctors to prescribe an opioid and suggested U.S. prosecutors streamline the case to avoid its dismissal.

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UPDATE 1-Venezuelan pleads guilty in U.S. to role in PDVSA bribe scheme

Jul 16

A former official at a Venezuelan state-run electric company pleaded guilty on Monday to U.S. charges that he participated in a scheme to solicit bribes in exchange for helping vendors win favorable treatment from state oil company PDVSA [PDVSA.UL].

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Ex-biopharmaceutical employees convicted in U.S. of insider trading

Jul 10

Two former employees of rival biopharmaceutical companies were convicted on Tuesday on U.S. charges that they used their access to confidential information about drug studies to profit in the stock market through insider trading.

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Medical judgments can form basis of False Claims Act cases - 10th Circuit

Jul 10

A federal appeals court has revived a whistleblower lawsuit accusing two hospital operators and a Utah doctor of submitting false claims to Medicare for thousands of medically unnecessary heart surgeries.

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Florida ambulance company reaches $1.2 mln accord in government billing case

Jul 10

A Florida-based ambulance transportation company has agreed to pay $1.2 million to resolve claims that it billed government healthcare programs for transporting patients at an inflated cost or when those services were not medically necessary.

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U.S. judge dismisses intravenous saline solution antitrust case

Jul 6

A federal judge has dismissed a proposed class action accusing Baxter International and Hospira Inc of conspiring to manufacture an artificial shortage of intravenous saline solution in order to increase prices.

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U.S. SEC settles lawsuit against ex-ITT Educational Services executives

Jul 6

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday said it settled a lawsuit against two former ITT Educational Services Inc executives accused of hiding the defunct for-profit college operator's actual financial condition from investors.

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'Godfather of payday lending' sentenced to 14 years in U.S. prison

Jul 6

A Pennsylvania businessman known as the "godfather of payday lending" was sentenced on Friday to 14 years in prison for conspiring to collect on hundreds of millions of dollars in illegal high-interest loans issued to thousands of people.

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American Renal Associates settles UnitedHealth fraud lawsuits

Jul 5

Dialysis provider American Renal Associates Holdings Inc has reached a deal to resolve lawsuits by insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc accusing it of encouraging patients to switch from government healthcare programs to private insurance to boost payments.

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Rhode Island sues major oil companies over climate change

Jul 2

(Reuters) - Rhode Island on Monday sued several major oil companies, including Exxon Mobil Corp and BP plc, accusing them of contributing to climate change that is damaging infrastructure and coastal communities in the state.

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Rhode Island sues major oil companies over climate change

Jul 2

Rhode Island on Monday sued several major oil companies, including Exxon Mobil Corp and BP plc, accusing them of contributing to climate change that is damaging infrastructure and coastal communities in the state.

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Massachusetts top court upholds 20-day voter registration cut-off

Jul 2

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts' top court on Monday upheld a state requirement that people must register to vote 20 days before an election, ruling in a case that could impact the ability of thousands of citizens to cast ballots.

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AbbVie, AndroGel partner owe $448 million in antitrust case - U.S. judge

Jun 30

(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday found that pharmaceutical company AbbVie Inc used sham litigation to illegally prevent generic versions of testosterone replacement drug AndroGel from getting to market and ordered the drugmaker and its partner to pay $448 m…

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AbbVie, AndroGel partner owe $488 million in antitrust case: U.S. judge

Jun 30

(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday found that pharmaceutical company AbbVie Inc used sham litigation to illegally prevent generic versions of testosterone replacement drug AndroGel from getting to market and ordered the drugmaker and its partner to pay $488 m…

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UPDATE 1-AbbVie, AndroGel partner owe $488 million in antitrust case -U.S. judge

Jun 30

June 29 (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday found that pharmaceutical company AbbVie Inc used sham litigation to illegally prevent generic versions of testosterone replacement drug AndroGel from getting to market and ordered the drugmaker and its partner to pa…

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Abbvie, Androgel partner owe $488 million in antitrust case: U.S. judge

Jun 29

A U.S. judge on Friday found that pharmaceutical company AbbVie Inc used sham litigation to illegally prevent generic versions of testosterone replacement drug AndroGel from getting to market and ordered the drugmaker and its partner to pay $488 million.

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Former fugitive ex-lawyer pleads guilty to U.S. fraud scheme

Jun 29

BOSTON (Reuters) - A former partner at a major U.S. law firm who spent two decades as a fugitive while avoiding charges that he ran a fraudulent investment scheme pleaded guilty on Friday to having carried out a different scam while living in Massachusetts un…

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Ex-Morgan Stanley adviser sentenced to U.S. prison for fraud

Jun 28

A former Morgan Stanley adviser was sentenced on Thursday to 20 months in prison after he admitted that he misused client funds to invest in and support a wind farm project that a friend had decided to start.

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U.S. charges former Equifax manager with insider trading

Jun 28

(Reuters) - A former Equifax Inc software development manager was charged on Thursday with insider trading before the credit reporting company disclosed a cyber attack that exposed the personal data of about 148 million people last year. Federal prosecutors i…

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U.S. jury orders DaVita to pay $383.5 million in wrongful death lawsuits

Jun 28

(Reuters) - A federal jury in Colorado has awarded $383.5 million to the families of three patients who said they suffered cardiac arrests and died soon after receiving dialysis treatments at clinics run by DaVita Inc.

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Ex-Akebia employee jailed for night as insider trading trial starts

Jun 26

A former Akebia Therapeutics Inc employee accused of engaging in an insider trading scheme must spend a night in jail after he violated a U.S. judge's order and spoke to a witness at the start of his trial on Tuesday.

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Ex-Akebia employee jailed for night as insider trading trial starts

Jun 26

BOSTON, June 26 (Reuters) - A former Akebia Therapeutics Inc employee accused of engaging in an insider trading scheme must spend a night in jail after he violated a U.S. judge's order and spoke to a witness at the start of his trial on Tuesday.

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Ex-State Street exec pulled 'bait-and-switch' on clients -U.S. prosecutor

Jun 25

BOSTON, June 25 (Reuters) - A former State Street Corp executive engaged in "bait-and switch" by promising to charge several of the bank's clients low fees to execute billions of dollars of trades before secretly applying commissions to them, a U.S. prosecuto…

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U.S. accuses Chinese man of smuggling anti-submarine warfare devices

Jun 22

The head of a company that distributes marine-related products was arrested on Thursday on U.S. charges that he conspired with an entity affiliated with China's armed forces to export devices to that country that could be used in anti-submarine warfare.

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U.S. accuses Chinese man of smuggling anti-submarine warfare devices

Jun 22

BOSTON (Reuters) - The head of a company that distributes marine-related products was arrested on Thursday on U.S. charges that he conspired with an entity affiliated with China's armed forces to export devices to that country that could be used in anti-subma…

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Former Puma Biotech executive gets U.S. prison term for insider trading

Jun 20

BOSTON (Reuters) - A former Puma Biotechnology Inc executive was sentenced on Wednesday to 2-1/4 years in prison for trading on inside information ahead of announcements by the biopharmaceutical company about a breast cancer drug it was developing.

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OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma cuts remaining sales force

Jun 20

(Reuters) - OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP, facing a wave of lawsuits blaming it for helping fuel the U.S. opioid epidemic, said on Wednesday it had laid off about 350 employees this week including the remainder of its already-downsized sales force.

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FTC loses appeal in Boehringer 'pay for delay' records fight

Jun 20

The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday lost an appeal of a ruling that allowed Boehringer Ingelheim to withhold records created by or for its general counsel during the negotiation of a patent settlement it struck with a generic drugmaker.

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Ex-Tenet Healthcare exec calls kickback charges 'legally flawed'

Jun 18

A former Tenet Healthcare Corp executive is appealing a federal magistrate judge's decision allowing charges he conspired to pay kickbacks to a clinic operator for patient referrals to proceed.

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Harvard records show discrimination against Asian-Americans: group

Jun 15

BOSTON (Reuters) - Harvard University killed an internal investigation in 2013 that found evidence the Ivy League school's admissions system is biased against Asian-American applicants, a nonprofit group suing the university alleged in a court filing on Frida…

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U.S. agency asks judge to rule virtual currency is commodity

Jun 14

BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Thursday urged a federal judge to conclude that an obscure virtual currency called My Big Coin is a commodity subject to its oversight, saying it is no different than precious metals like gol…

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Drugmaker Insys must face shareholder lawsuit over accounting errors

Jun 13

By Nate RaymondInsys Therapeutics Inc must face a shareholder lawsuitaccusing the drugmaker of concealing the declining profitabilityof its flagship opioid product after prosecutors revealed itpaid doctors kickbacks to promote it, a federal judge has ruled.U.…

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UnitedHealth wins dismissal of Medicare Advantage fraud lawsuit

Jun 13

By Nate RaymondUnitedHealth Group Inc has won the dismissal of awhistleblower lawsuit claiming it engaged in a fraudulent schemeto increase the monthly payments it receives from the federalgovernment to administer a Medicare Advantage health insuranceplan.U.S…

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U.S. agency's virtual currency oversight faces court challenge

Jun 13

An obscure virtual currency called My Big Coin is now at the center of a closely watched case that could determine whether the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission has the authority to combat fraud associated with cryptocurrencies.

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U.S. agency's virtual currency oversight faces court challenge

Jun 13

BOSTON (Reuters) - An obscure virtual currency called My Big Coin is now at the center of a closely watched case that could determine whether the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission has the authority to combat fraud associated with cryptocurrencies.

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Massachusetts sues opioid maker Purdue Pharma, executives

Jun 12

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma LP accusing the OxyContin maker of illegally promoting the use of opioids and became the first state to sue the drugmaker's executives and directors to hold them responsible as …

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Pharmacy benefits managers win appeal challenging Arkansas law

Jun 8

By Nate RaymondA federal appeals court on Friday ruled that an Arkansas lawthat prohibited pharmacy benefits managers from reimbursingpharmacists for generic drugs at less than the wholesale costwas preempted by federal law.The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appea…

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Indiana man arrested for Boston 'free speech' rally shooting threat

Jun 8

BOSTON (Reuters) - Authorities on Friday arrested an Indiana man on a federal charge he threatened to shoot white attendees at a Boston rally last August of far-right speakers days after a deadly protest by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, pro…

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'Whitey' Bulger partner ties ex-New England mob boss to 1993 murder

Jun 7

BOSTON (Reuters) - The ex-partner of convicted Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger testified on Thursday that he witnessed the strangling of a nightclub manager who died in 1993 as the former boss of the New England mafia watched.

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Drugmaker Lundbeck to settle U.S. charity probe for $52.6 million

Jun 6

BOSTON (Reuters) - Danish drugmaker Lundbeck said on Wednesday that it had reached a deal to pay $52.6 million to resolve a U.S. probe into its financial support of patient assistance charitable foundations.

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Ex-State Street executive cheated clients with secret fees: U.S. prosecutor

Jun 5

BOSTON (Reuters) - A former State Street Corp executive directed a fraudulent scheme to overcharge several of the bank's clients, including Kuwait's sovereign wealth fund, by applying secret commissions to billions of dollars' worth of trades, a U.S. prosecut…

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Ex-State Street executive cheated clients with secret fees: U.S. prosecutor

Jun 5

BOSTON, June 5 (Reuters) - A former State Street Corp executive directed a fraudulent scheme to overcharge several of the bank's clients, including Kuwait's sovereign wealth fund, by applying secret commissions to billions of dollars' worth of trades, a U.S. …

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Florida doctor admits taking kickbacks from Insys, others

Jun 4

(Reuters) - A Florida doctor has admitted, as part of a plea deal, that he received kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics Inc in exchange for writing prescriptions for a powerful fentanyl-based pain medicine.

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Florida doctor admits taking kickbacks from Insys, others

Jun 4

June 4 (Reuters) - A Florida doctor has admitted, as part of a plea deal, that he received kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics Inc in exchange for writing prescriptions for a powerful fentanyl-based pain medicine.

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Former Kentucky lawyer in $550 million fraud pleads guilty after escape

Jun 4

(Reuters) - A disbarred Kentucky lawyer who called himself "Mr. Social Security" faces 27 years in prison after he pleaded guilty on Monday to charges stemming from his role in a $550 million disability fraud scheme and decision to flee to Honduras.

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Former State Street executive faces U.S. fraud trial

Jun 4

A former executive at State Street Corp is set to face trial on U.S. charges that he participated in a scheme to defraud the bank's clients by charging them secret commissions on billions of dollars in trades.

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Former State Street executive faces U.S. fraud trial

Jun 4

BOSTON, June 4 (Reuters) - A former executive at State Street Corp is set to face trial on U.S. charges that he participated in a scheme to defraud the bank's clients by charging them secret commissions on billions of dollars in trades.

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U.S. must identify patients in Tenet Healthcare fraud case - judge

Jun 1

By Nate RaymondA federal magistrate judge on Friday ordered the U.S.Justice Department to identify specific patients who it contendswere steered by a clinic operator to Tenet Healthcare Corphospitals in exchange for kickbacks.U.S. Magistrate Judge Catherine S…

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Drugmakers oppose Acorda's bid to block generic MS drug's release

May 31

By Nate RaymondThree generic drug manufacturers are urging a federalappeals court to reject Acorda Therapeutics Inc's"extraordinary" request for an order blocking them fromlaunching a generic version of multiple sclerosis drug Ampyrabefore the case is decided…

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Utah sues opioid maker Purdue Pharma after settlement talks stall

May 31

(Reuters) - Utah's attorney general on Thursday sued OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP to hold it responsible for its role in the opioid epidemic after he said talks to reach a settlement between various states and the drugmaker stopped being productive.

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Trump's HHS acted unlawfully in ending teen pregnancy grant: judge

May 30

By Nate RaymondA federal judge has blocked President Donald Trump'sadministration from terminating a grant issued under a federalteen pregnancy prevention program to Washington state's mostpopulous county two years early.Tuesday's ruling by U.S. District Judg…

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Massachusetts judge resigns after suspension for courthouse affair

May 25

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts judge who admitted to engaging in repeated sexual encounters including in his courthouse with a social worker announced his resignation on Friday, a day after the state's top court suspended him indefinitely.

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Lawyer gets eight years in U.S. prison for payday lending scheme

May 25

(Reuters) - A Delaware lawyer was sentenced on Friday to eight years in prison for helping clients including a pioneer of the payday lending industry to collect on hundreds of millions of dollars in illegal loans, prosecutors said.

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Lawsuit against U.S. border searches of phones can move forward: judge

May 10

BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday rejected the Trump administration's bid to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the federal government's growing practice of conducting warrantless searches on phones and laptops of Americans stopped at the border.

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RBS reaches $4.9 billion deal to settle U.S. mortgage bond probe

May 10

Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc (RBS.L) said on Wednesday it had agreed to pay $4.9 billion to resolve a U.S. Department of Justice probe into its structuring and sale of mortgage-backed securities ahead of the 2008 financial crisis.

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Massachusetts man stole Warhol paintings, sold fakes: prosecutors

May 9

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts man was arrested on Wednesday and accused by federal prosecutors of stealing two Andy Warhol paintings from a former college classmate and then using them to produce knockoffs that he sold on eBay.

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DEA must turn over opioid sales data for entire U.S.: judge

May 9

By Nate RaymondA federal judge overseeing lawsuits by local governmentsagainst opioid manufacturers and distributors has ordered theU.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to turn over data on thesale of painkillers in every city and county in the country tothe …

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U.S. indicts three veterans healthcare providers over MiMedx payments

May 9

May 9 (Reuters) - Three healthcare providers with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs were indicted on charges they excessively used biotech MiMedx Group Inc's products on patients after accepting meals, trips and gratuities from the company.

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U.S. judge blocks DEA from suspending drug distributor over opioid sales

May 9

(Reuters) - A federal judge blocked the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration from suspending a Louisiana drug distributor from selling controlled substances over allegations it failed to identify suspicious orders of opioids that were diverted for illicit use…

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Former New England mob boss faces trial over 1993 murder

May 9

BOSTON (Reuters) - A former New England mob boss and an associate are set to go on trial on Wednesday on charges that they participated in the 1993 murder of a Boston nightclub manager whose remains were discovered behind an abandoned Rhode Island mill two ye…

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UPDATE 2-Jazz Pharmaceuticals to settle U.S. probe for $57 million

May 9

Jazz Pharmaceuticals Plc said on Tuesday it had agreed to pay $57 million to resolve a U.S. probe into its financial support of charities that offer assistance to Medicare patients seeking help to cover out-of-pocket drug costs.

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UPDATE 1-Jazz Pharmaceuticals to settle U.S. probe for $57 million

May 8

BOSTON, May 8 (Reuters) - Jazz Pharmaceuticals Plc said on Tuesday it had agreed to pay $57 million to resolve a U.S. probe into its financial support of charities that offer assistance to Medicare patients seeking help to cover out-of-pocket drug costs.

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U.S. violated rights of two detained Brazilian immigrants: judge

May 8

BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. immigration authorities violated the rights of two Brazilian illegal immigrants arrested after they went to government offices to be interviewed as part of a process to seek legal status, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday.

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Top Massachusetts court clears MIT in student suicide lawsuit

May 7

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts' highest court on Monday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by a parent who said the Massachusetts Institute of Technology should have prevented a PhD candidate from killing himself, but the court did rule that universities in …

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Miami-Luken asks court to overturn ruling quashing DEA subpoena

May 4

By Nate RaymondMiami-Luken Inc urged a U.S. appeals court on Friday tooverturn the decision of the former head of the U.S. DrugEnforcement Administration to quash a subpoena the Ohio drugdistributor sought as it fights to keep its license to dispensecontrolle…

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Massachusetts hedge fund manager gets six years in prison for fraud

May 3

A Massachusetts hedge fund manager was sentenced on Thursday to six years in prison for defrauding investors in a scheme that prosecutors said cost his clients over $10.5 million and allowed him to fund a lavish lifestyle.

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Trump administration sued over family-planning program shift

May 2

(Reuters) - Two organizations that support birth control filed lawsuits on Wednesday seeking to block the Trump administration from shifting a federal family-planning grant program toward prioritizing groups that are faith-based and counsel abstinence.

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U.S. asks top court to review Medicare reimbursement case

May 1

By Nate RaymondThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is askingthe U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a ruling finding it improperlychanged how it would calculate Medicare payments to hospitalswho treated high numbers of low-income patients in 2012.The S…

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Doctor convicted in U.S. of obstructing Warner Chilcott kickback probe

Apr 30

BOSTON, April 30 (Reuters) - A Massachusetts doctor was convicted on Monday of obstructing an investigation into kickbacks paid by the drugmaker Warner Chilcott and of wrongly giving one of its sales representatives access to her patients' information.

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Top Massachusetts federal prosecutor defends court immigration arrest

Apr 27

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts' top federal prosecutor defended immigration authorities' decision to arrest a Chinese woman at a courthouse this week after she was sentenced to probation, a move that outraged the judge overseeing her case.

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U.S. judge blocks cuts to teen pregnancy prevention grants

Apr 26

(Reuters) - A federal judge has blocked President Donald Trump's administration from terminating grants issued through a teen pregnancy prevention program, marking the third time in a week that a court has held that the administration's 2017 decision was unla…

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Johnson & Johnson wins appeal to overturn $151 million hip implant verdict

Apr 26

(Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday secured a favorable U.S. appellate court ruling, overturning a verdict that had awarded $151 million to five people who blamed injuries they suffered on the company's Pinnacle hip implant devices.

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U.S. judge criticizes immigration arrest of Chinese woman in exam scam

Apr 25

BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge expressed outrage on Wednesday that a U.S. immigration agent came to court to arrest a Chinese woman just as she was sentenced to probation for using a fake passport and visa to take a graduate school entrance exam for someo…

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U.S. cannot cut teen pregnancy prevention grants : federal judge

Apr 25

(Reuters) - A federal judge has blocked U.S. President Donald Trump's administration from terminating grant funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs run by affiliates of Planned Parenthood, saying the decision was arbitrary.

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Republican AGs ask Supreme Court to toss Kansas Planned Parenthood ruling

Apr 24

By Nate RaymondThe Republican attorneys general of 15 states have asked theU.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that blocked Kansas fromcutting off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood following therelease of controversial videos secretly recorded by ana…

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Nuns can join case targeting Trump rollback of Obamacare birth control coverage

Apr 24

By Nate RaymondA federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that an order ofRoman Catholic nuns may intervene in a lawsuit by Pennsylvania'sattorney general challenging new Trump administration rulespermitting religious and moral exemptions to Obamacare'scontrace…

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Biotech CEO, two associates accused by U.S. of securities fraud

Apr 24

BOSTON, April 24 (Reuters) - The chief executive of a biotech company that said it was developing a non-opiate pain treatment was arrested along with two associates on Tuesday on U.S. charges that he misled investors and participated in a stock manipulation s…

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Massachusetts court weighs suspending judge for courthouse affair

Apr 24

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts's top court weighed on Tuesday whether it should suspend a judge who admitted to engaging in repeated sexual encounters including in his courthouse with a social worker whose lawyer contended he abused the power he had over he…

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Three MS-13 gang members in Massachusetts convicted in murder trial

Apr 23

BOSTON (Reuters) - Three suspected members of the MS-13 gang in Massachusetts were convicted on Monday of participating in gang-related murders, in a case U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has called an example of how authorities can try to tackle the crimi…

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Ex-Insys employee in U.S. opioid case sentenced to home confinement

Apr 23

(Reuters) - A former Insys Therapeutics Inc sales representative was sentenced on Monday to six months of home confinement after admitting that she participated in a scheme to pay kickbacks to two Alabama doctors to prescribe a fentanyl-based medication.

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U.S. biotech companies Alnylam, Dicerna settle trade secrets case

Apr 20

BOSTON (Reuters) - Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Friday that Dicerna Pharmaceuticals Inc will pay it $25 million in cash and stock to resolve a lawsuit claiming it stole trade secrets about gene-silencing technology used to develop drug treatments.

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Massachusetts top court declares stun gun ban unconstitutional

Apr 17

BOSTON (Reuters) - The top court in Massachusetts on Tuesday struck down a state law that banned civilians from possessing stun guns, saying the law violated the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment, which protects Americans' right to bear arms.

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U.S. fights bid to exclude evidence about 2012 meningitis outbreak

Apr 11

By Nate RaymondFederal prosecutors are pushing back against an effort by apart-owner and eight former employees of Massachusetts pharmacywhose tainted drug caused a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak toblock evidence about the harm patients suffered from beingin…

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U.S. judge schedules 2019 trial in opioid litigation

Apr 11

April 11 (Reuters) - A federal judge pushing for a settlement in lawsuits seeking to hold drug companies responsible for their roles in the U.S. opioid epidemic on Wednesday set an aggressive schedule that would have the first trial take place in March 2019.

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ACLU sues Trump administration for separating immigrant couples

Apr 11

BOSTON (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit challenging what it calls a pattern by President Donald Trump's administration of detaining illegal immigrants seeking to legalize their status based on marriages to U.S. citizens.

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Harvard admissions data can be filed under seal in bias case: judge

Apr 10

BOSTON (Reuters) - Documents related to Harvard University's admissions process may be filed initially under seal in a lawsuit accusing the Ivy League school of discriminating against Asian-American applicants, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday.

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U.S. says it might enter Harvard affirmative action court battle

Apr 6

The U.S. Justice Department said on Friday it might formally enter a lawsuit accusing Harvard University of discriminating against Asian-American applicants as the agency probes its admissions policies for potential civil rights violations.

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U.S. says it might enter Harvard affirmative action court battle

Apr 6

(Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Friday it might formally enter a lawsuit accusing Harvard University of discriminating against Asian-American applicants as the agency probes its admissions policies for potential civil rights violations.

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U.S. judge upholds Massachusetts assault weapons ban

Apr 6

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday upheld a Massachusetts law banning assault weapons including the AR-15, saying the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment guarantee of Americans' right to bear firearms does not cover them.

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Thousands of Massachusetts cases tied to drug chemist get dismissed

Apr 5

BOSTON (Reuters) - A justice on Massachusetts' top court on Thursday ordered the dismissal of 7,690 drug cases because of their link to a former forensic chemist who authorities said for eight years stole drug evidence and worked in a state lab under the infl…

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Jury finds J&J liable in its first trial loss in talc cancer lawsuit

Apr 5

(Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson suffered its first trial loss in a lawsuit claiming its talc-based products including Johnson's Baby Powder contain cancer-causing asbestos, with a New Jersey jury on Thursday ordering the company to pay $37 million in damages.

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J&J, Imerys must pay $37 million in case over talc cancer risks - jury

Apr 5

By Nate RaymondJohnson & Johnson and Imerys SA must pay at least $37 million in a lawsuit claiming a man developed cancer due to his exposure to asbestos in talc-based products including Johnson's Baby Powder, a New Jersey state court jury said on Thursday.Th…

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J&J, Imerys must pay $37 million in case over talc cancer risks: jury - Reuters

Apr 5

U.S. News & World Report J&J, Imerys must pay $37 million in case over talc cancer risks: jury Reuters (Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson and Imerys SA must pay at least $37 million in a lawsuit claiming a man developed cancer due to his exposure to asbestos in ta…

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Massachusetts can sue Equifax over data breach, judge rules

Apr 4

Suffolk County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Salinger in Boston, in a decision made public on Wednesday, denied a motion by Equifax to dismiss a lawsuit that Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey filed in September after the breach was disclosed. Salinge…

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Chinese woman admits to cheating on U.S. college admission exam

Apr 2

A Chinese woman pleaded guilty on Monday to cheating on a college entrance exam, becoming the latest person to admit wrongdoing amid U.S. probes into international students who use imposters to gain admission to American universities.

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Starbucks coffee in California must have cancer warning, judge says

Mar 30

(Reuters) - Starbucks Corp and other coffee sellers must put a cancer warning on coffee sold in California, a Los Angeles judge has ruled, possibly exposing the companies to millions of dollars in fines.

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Judge allows Celgene whistleblower to be paid after bitter fee fight

Mar 29

By Nate RaymondA federal judge has cleared the way for an ex-Celgene Corpemployee to collect nearly $72.6 million as her cut of a $280million settlement with the drugmaker after striking a lien herformer law firm Grant & Eisenhofer placed on the payout.U.S. D…

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Arkansas sues opioid manufacturers for roles in epidemic

Mar 29

(Reuters) - Arkansas' attorney general on Thursday joined the widening mass of litigation against opioid manufacturers, accusing three drugmakers of promoting addictive painkillers in ways that falsely denied or trivialized their risks.

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UPDATE 1-Impax reaches $20 mln deal to end trial over generic drug's delay

Mar 29

BOSTON, March 29 (Reuters) - Impax Laboratories Inc has agreed to pay $20 million to consumers and insurers to resolve claims that the drugmaker entered an anticompetitive deal to delay launching a generic, cheaper version of acne medication Solodyn.

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Impax reaches $20 million deal to end trial over generic drug's delay

Mar 29

Impax Laboratories Inc has agreed to pay $20 million to consumers and insurers to resolve claims that the drugmaker entered an anticompetitive deal to delay launching a generic, cheaper version of acne medication Solodyn.

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Impax faces U.S. antitrust trial over generic acne drug's delay

Mar 12

BOSTON, March 12 (Reuters) - Impax Laboratories Inc went to trial on Monday over claims by major retailers and consumers that the company agreed to delay launching a generic version of Solodyn in exchange for millions of dollars from the acne medication's man…

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Impax to pay $35 million to settle part of Solodyn antitrust litigation

Mar 10

BOSTON (Reuters) - Impax Laboratories Inc has agreed to pay $35 million to resolve part of litigation over claims it entered into an anticompetitive deal in a patent case to delay releasing a generic version of the acne medication Solodyn.

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Zimmer beats knee implant bellwether case on appeal

Mar 10

By Nate RaymondA Pepsi bottling plant worker has lost his bid to revive alawsuit claiming Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc failed to warn thatits NexGen knee implants were prone to premature loosening inpatients who engage in activities that need knee flexibility.T…

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Rhode Island doctor in Insys opioid kickback probe faces sentencing

Mar 9

(Reuters) - A Rhode Island doctor is to be sentenced on Friday after admitting that he took kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics Inc in exchange for prescribing a fentanyl-based cancer pain drug produced by the company.

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Rhode Island doctor in Insys opioid kickback probe faces sentencing

Mar 9

A Rhode Island doctor is to be sentenced on Friday after admitting that he took kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics Inc in exchange for prescribing a fentanyl-based cancer pain drug produced by the company.

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UPDATE 1-Drugmaker Insys loss widens on lower Subsys sales

Mar 9

March 8 (Reuters) - Insys Therapeutics Inc on Thursday posted a bigger fourth-quarter loss than a year ago, hurt by higher costs and soft demand for Subsys, an opioid cancer pain medication at the center of a U.S. investigation.

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Kentucky sues drug distributor AmerisourceBergen over opioid epidemic

Mar 8

(Reuters) - Kentucky's attorney general on Thursday sued AmerisourceBergen Corp, accusing the drug distributor of contributing to opioid abuse in the state by filling suspiciously large or frequent pharmacy orders of prescription painkillers.

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Lawyer who stole U.S. whistleblower lawsuits receives prison term

Mar 8

(Reuters) - A former partner at a major U.S. law firm who admitted to trying to sell stolen copies of sealed whistleblower lawsuits against corporations he obtained while working at the Justice Department was sentenced on Wednesday to 30 months in prison.

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U.S. judge says opioid settlement roadblocks may prompt trials

Mar 7

(Reuters) - A federal judge pushing for a settlement in lawsuits by state and local governments against drug companies over their roles in the U.S. opioid epidemic said on Wednesday that trials may be needed after both sides identified barriers to reaching a …

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US judge says opioid settlement roadblocks may prompt trials - Reuters

Mar 7

Christian Science Monitor US judge says opioid settlement roadblocks may prompt trials Reuters March 7 (Reuters) - A federal judge pushing for a settlement in lawsuits by state and local governments against drug companies over their roles in the U.S. opioid e…

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FBI chief: Corporate hack victims can trust we won't share info

Mar 7

BOSTON (Reuters) - The FBI views companies hit by cyber attacks as victims and will not rush to share their information with other agencies investigating whether they failed to protect customer data, its chief said Wednesday.

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NYC bus driver pleads guilty to $5 million compounded drug fraud

Mar 3

By Nate RaymondA New York City bus driver pleaded guilty on Friday toparticipating in a scheme to defraud insurers out of $5 millionby using phony prescriptions for unnecessary medications made bycompounding pharmacies.Christopher Frusci, a bus driver with Ne…

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U.S. seeks time to consider joining opioid litigation

Mar 2

March 2 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has asked a federal judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors to give it 30 days to decide whether to participate in the litigation.

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Ex-proxy adviser employee says he leaked information in return for sports, concert tickets

Feb 27

BOSTON (Reuters) - A former employee at proxy adviser Institutional Shareholder Services testified on Tuesday that he leaked details about how its investor clients voted on shareholder proposals to get tickets to sporting events and U2 and Jay-Z concerts.

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Ex-proxy adviser employee says he leaked information in return for sports, concert tickets

Feb 27

BOSTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - A former employee at proxy adviser Institutional Shareholder Services testified on Tuesday that he leaked details about how its investor clients voted on shareholder proposals to get tickets to sporting events and U2 and Jay-Z conce…

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Lawsuit says race motivated Trump to end immigrant protections

Feb 22

BOSTON (Reuters) - A group of Haitian and Salvadoran immigrants on Thursday filed a lawsuit claiming that the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump's administration to terminate the protections that allowed them to remain in the country was racially motivat…

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Lawsuits challenge Electoral College system in four U.S. states

Feb 21

BOSTON (Reuters) - A coalition that includes a Latino membership organization and a former Massachusetts governor filed lawsuits on Wednesday challenging how four U.S. states allocate their Electoral College votes in presidential elections.

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Supreme Court declines to review pay-for-delay ruling

Feb 20

By Nate RaymondThe U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to review aruling that allowed class action lawsuits to proceed claimingPfizer Inc and other companies entered into illegal deals todelay the availability of generic versions of Lipitor andEffexor XR.P…

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Kentucky accuses Cardinal Health of contributing to opioid epidemic

Feb 19

Feb 19 (Reuters) - Kentucky's attorney general on Monday accused the drug distributor Cardinal Health Inc of contributing to the opioid epidemic by failing to halt or report suspiciously large or frequent orders by pharmacies of prescription painkillers.

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Gilead wins reversal of $2.54 billion hepatitis C drug patent verdict

Feb 17

(Reuters) - A federal judge in Delaware has overturned a jury's verdict requiring Gilead Sciences Inc to pay a record $2.54 billion because its hepatitis C drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni infringed a patent held by rival Merck & Co Inc.

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Gilead wins reversal of $2.54 bln hepatitis C drug patent verdict

Feb 17

Feb 17 (Reuters) - A federal judge in Delaware has overturned a jury's verdict requiring Gilead Sciences Inc to pay a record $2.54 billion because its hepatitis C drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni infringed a patent held by rival Merck & Co Inc.

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West Virginia man admits to fraud tied to Boston art heist

Feb 15

BOSTON (Reuters) - A West Virginia man pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges he fraudulently offered to sell some of the $500 million in artwork that was stolen from a Boston museum in 1990 and never recovered, even though he had no access to the paintings.

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U.S. groups sue Trump administration over teen pregnancy grant cuts

Feb 15

(Reuters) - Planned Parenthood, other organizations and a Washington state county filed lawsuits on Thursday challenging a decision by U.S. President Donald Trump's administration to defund more than $200 million in teen pregnancy prevention programs.

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Massachusetts top court rejects police traffic stop challenge

Feb 14

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts' top court ruled on Wednesday that police can carry out traffic stops for motor vehicle violations as a pretext to probe for other crimes, but the justices expressed concerns about how racial bias can influence such stops.

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