Mylan agrees to pay $465M to settle EpiPen misclassification claims | Settlement reached in case over interrogation methods | Judge dismisses AT&T case against Ky. city over utility pole policy
August 18, 2017
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Mylan agrees to pay $465M to settle EpiPen misclassification claims
Mylan agrees to pay $465M to settle EpiPen misclassification claims
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EpiPen maker Mylan agreed to pay $465 million as part of a final settlement deal with the Justice Department, resolving claims that the firm overcharged the US government by misclassifying the epinephrine auto-injector as a generic product under Medicaid's Drug Rebate Program while it was being marketed and priced as a branded treatment. The settlement, which requires Mylan to reclassify EpiPen and pay rebates applicable to its new classification effective April 1, was criticized by several lawmakers who believe the settlement is too low.
Reuters (8/17),  The Hill (8/17) 
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Settlement reached in case over interrogation methods
A settlement has been reached in a case related to the interrogation techniques used following the Sept. 11 attacks -- an outcome the American Civil Liberties Union referred to as "historic." Two psychologists acknowledged they helped develop a CIA program but denied responsibility for abuses that occurred.
The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.) (free content) (8/17),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (8/17),  Bloomberg (8/17) 
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Judge dismisses AT&T case against Ky. city over utility pole policy
US District Judge David Hale dismissed a case against Louisville, Ky., brought by AT&T, which objected to a city policy that allows internet providers to move all lines on a utility pole at once.
The Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model) (8/17) 
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DEA documents note challenges created by encryption
The challenges created by the use of encryption in messaging services such as WhatsApp were discussed in Drug Enforcement Administration documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. "Encrypted technologies and communications are the single greatest threat to law enforcement capability and effectiveness," one of the documents notes.
Motherboard (8/17) 
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Business Practices and Professional Development
Commentary: What's the best approach to work-life balance?
Evolving practices and client expectations create dilemmas for attorneys who are torn between the competing demands of work and home, writes Jamie Spannhake of Berlandi Nussbaum & Reitzas. Spannhake discusses whether attorneys should compartmentalize work or integrate it with their private lives and notes that lawyers must be honest with themselves about what they want.
Attorney at Work (8/18) 
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How attorneys can invite positive media attention
Attorneys who want to differentiate themselves in the eyes of the media should establish themselves as experts and consider reaching out to reporters about potential stories, writes Daliah Saper of Saper Law Offices. Attorneys who feel ill-equipped to handle promotional efforts may benefit from working with a public relations firm, she notes.
ABA Journal online (8/17) 
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Laws, Cases and Regulations
Appeals court upholds Uber's arbitration policy
Customers of Uber give up their right to sue the ride-hailing service when they agree to its terms of service, a federal appeals court has ruled. The decision, in a case involving price-fixing allegations, upholds Uber's policy that customer complaints be settled through arbitration.
Reuters (8/17),  Bloomberg (8/17),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (8/17),  The Hill (8/17) 
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Calif. water project faces legal challenge
Sacramento County, Calif., sued the California Department of Water Resources, alleging that the $16 billion "California WaterFix" plan would hurt residents and the environment. The county argues that the project, which would use tunnels to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, would have a negative effect on farmers and fish species.
Courthouse News Service (8/17) 
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D.C. Bar News
5 ways to unplug
5 ways to unplug
As we approach the end of summer, take the time to unplug to recharge. Follow these five helpful hints on how to detach from your electronic devices and practice valuable mindfulness skills.
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D.C. Bar members make moves
D.C. Bar members make moves
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