Massachusetts Attorney General Reaches $102 Million Settlement With Morgan Stanley

BOSTON - (Mealey's) Financial giant Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc. has agreed to pay $102 million to settle claims that it illegally provided funding to lenders that provided Massachusetts homeowners with subprime loans and has agreed to a number of reform measures, according to an assurance of discontinuance...

Jury Orders Warrick To Pay State $4.5M For Inflated Albuterol Prices

BOSTON - (Mealey's) A Massachusetts federal jury on Oct. 1 ordered a defunct Merck & Co. Inc. subsidiary, Warrick Pharmaceuticals Corp., to pay $4,563,328 for causing the state to pay inflated prices for the asthma drug albuterol ( Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Mylan Laboratories, Inc., et...

Merck To Appeal $4.6M Verdict In Massachusetts Fraud Case

TRENTON, N.J. - (AP) Drugmaker Merck & Co. plans to appeal a federal court verdict that a former subsidiary caused the commonwealth of Massachusetts to overpay pharmacists for a widely used asthma medication, the company said Thursday. After a three-week trial, a jury in Boston found Merck liable...

N.C. Judge Bars Ads Claiming Harm From Water Bottles

RALEIGH, N.C. - (AP) A North Carolina company that touted its stainless steel water bottles on television and the Internet as a safer alternative to plastic water bottles has been ordered to stop making those claims. The International Bottled Water Association sued Eco Canteen Inc. of Charlotte in federal...

Feds Appeal Mass. Rulings Against U.S. Marriage Law

BOSTON - (AP) The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday defended the federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman by appealing two rulings in Massachusetts by a judge who called the law unconstitutional for denying federal benefits to gay married couples. In two separate cases. . . . Full...

Mass. Gov. Candidates Face Searing Queries On Lawsuit

BOSTON - (AP) Hours before a judge heard a contentious lawsuit, the Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates were essentially put on trial Wednesday as a debate moderator asked them a searing series of questions about alleged backroom dealings in the campaign. Republican Charles Baker, independent Timothy...

Tobacco Lawsuit Cites Long-Ago Cigarette Giveaways

BOSTON - (AP) Marie Evans recalled she was 9 years old when she first started getting free cigarettes in the Boston housing project where she lived. At first, she traded them for candy, but she said she started smoking them herself at age 13. Four decades later, Evans died of lung cancer. Full version...

Jury Awards $71M In Case Alleging Distribution Of Cigarettes To Children

BOSTON -- (Mealey's) A Massachusetts jury awarded $71 million in compensatory damages on Dec. 14 to the estate and only son of a woman who said she began smoking free Newport cigarettes handed out in her neighborhood by Lorillard Tobacco Co., according to published reports ( Will Evans v. Lorillard...

Jury Awards Total Of $152 Million In Case Alleging Distribution Of Cigarettes To Children

BOSTON - (Mealey's) A Massachusetts jury added $81 million in punitive damages on Dec. 16 to the $71 million in compensatory damages it had awarded two days earlier to the estate and only son of a woman who said she began smoking free Newport cigarettes handed out in her Boston neighborhood by Lorillard...

$81M In Punitive Damages For Giving Kids Free Cigarettes

BOSTON - (AP) A tobacco company that had tried to hook black children on cigarettes was ordered Thursday to pay $81 million in punitive damages to the estate and son of a Boston woman who started smoking at age 13, in what an attorney said is one of the largest jury awards. . . . Full version available...

Massachusetts Family Sues After Boy's Escalator Fall Death

BOSTON - (AP) The family of a 4-year-old Massachusetts boy who died after falling from a mall escalator says in a lawsuit that the escalator was in a "dangerous and defective" condition that directly led to the child's death. The escalator's condition was in violation of state building...

Massachusetts Gun Maker To Pay $600,000 In Wrongful Death Lawsuit

BOSTON - (AP) A Massachusetts gun-maker has agreed to pay nearly $600,000 to the families of one man who was killed and another man who was wounded in a shooting involving a gun allegedly stolen from the company, a national gun-control group announced Tuesday. Danny Guzman, 26, was slain outside. . ...

Orthofix Pleads Guilty, Pays $42 Million In Fines, Penalties For Medical Device Sales Tactics

BOSTON - (Mealey's) Orthofix Inc. on June 7 pleaded guilty to a federal felony count of obstructing a federal audit and agreed to pay nearly $42 million in criminal fines and civil penalties for illegal promotion of its bone-growth stimulators ( United States of America v. Orthofix, Inc. , No. 1...

Williams Mullen - Libor Litigation: The Next Big Wave In Financial Crisis Lawsuits?

By Camden R. Webb and Robert D. Perrow In June, Barclays Bank agreed to pay $453 million to settle charges that its conduct resulted in manipulation of the Libor interest rate. Although lawsuits involving potential Libor manipulation had been pending for nearly two years prior to the settlement, "Libor...

State Net Capitol Journal: Massachusetts Governor Says Pharmacy Broke Rules

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) said last week that the Farmington pharmacy linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis that has claimed at least 14 lives and sickened 170 people across 11 states misled state regulators and illegally shipped large batches of drugs across the country. Patrick said...

Massachusetts Jury Awards $63 Million To Girl, Parents For Children's Motrin Injuries

BROCKTON, Mass. - (Mealey's) A Massachusetts state court jury on Feb. 13 awarded $63 million to a family whose young daughter was severely injured by a reaction to Children's Motrin ( Lisa Reckis, et al. v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. , No. PLCV2007-00064, Mass. Super., Plymouth Co.). According...

William A. Ruskin: Comcast May Be A Class Action Game-Changer, But Not In Boston

By William A. Ruskin | In Comcast Corp. v Behrend , 133 S.Ct. 1426 (March 27, 2013) [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ], the Supreme Court held that the lower court erred in failing to consider flaws in plaintiffs' damages model merely because the damages model would be pertinent...

Have Massachusetts Attorneys Resolved to Cooperate in 2014?

About 40 percent of Americans apparently make New Year’s resolutions. Of those, 8 percent are said to stick with them. So the vast majority of us either think we are fine as we are or have simply resigned ourselves to our current waistlines, how many cigarettes and bottles of beer we consume, and...

Pfizer To Pay $325M To Settle Neurontin 3rd-Party Payer, Antitrust Class Action

BOSTON — (Mealey’s) Pfizer Inc. has agreed to a $325 million class settlement of claims by third-party payers that allege that the off-label promotion of the epilepsy drug Neurontin violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and that the drug maker’s efforts to...

Jurors Return Defense Verdict In Massachusetts’ 2nd Pelvic Mesh Bellwether Trial (Watch The Video Of Closing Arguments)

LOWELL, Mass. — (Mealey’s) A Massachusetts state court jury on Aug. 29 returned a defense verdict for Boston Scientific Corp. after 2-1/2 days of deliberations in the state’s second bellwether pelvic mesh trial ( Maria Cardenas v. Boston Scientific Corp. , No. MICV2012-02912, Mass....