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A Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical company, Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc., settled with the US government for $360 million Thursday to resolve claims of illegally using a charity to receive kickbacks on Medicare patients. By donating to Caring Voice Coalition (CVC), the government alleges that Actelion induced patients to purchase company drugs and defrauded the Centers [...]

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Ireland’s lower house of parliament, the Dáil Éireann, on Wednesday approved a bill legalizing abortion services. The bill, titled the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy, allows the elective termination of pregnancies before 12 weeks. Patients who elect for abortion services within their first 12 weeks of pregnancy, must receive two examinations from separate physicians certifying the [...]

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A federal judge on Monday ruled that the Attorneys General of both Maryland and Washington, DC, can begin discovery as part of their suit against President Donald Trump regarding alleged unlawful profits from his DC hotel. The original complaint points to instances of foreign dignitaries staying at the Trump International Hotel while visiting the president in [...]

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Michigan’s Senate on Thursday voted to extend the ban on obtaining abortion medication via telemedicine. The bill aims to amend Michigan’s current abortion law in which the prohibition on prescribing is set to last only until December 31, 2018. Currently, Michigan physicians are not able to “diagnose and prescribe a medical abortion” without performing a [...]

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Judge Brian Morris of the US District Court for the District of Montana said in a hearing on Wednesday that pre-construction activities may continue for the Keystone XL Pipeline. Morris originally ruled this month that construction on Keystone XL must be halted to allow for further studies to ensure environmental safety. Construction of the Keystone [...]

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New Jersey’s Attorney General filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, for misleading patients and prescribers about the addictive risks associated with the use of its drugs. The complaint alleges that Janssen is actively contributing to the opioid crisis by aggressively and inaccurately marketing their opioid drugs. New [...]

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North Carolina’s Democratic Party, voting rights group Common Cause and individual voters filed suit against the state government Tuesday claiming excessive partisan gerrymandering of legislative maps. In their complaint, filed in the Wake County Superior Court, plaintiffs that the 2017 state House and Senate redistricting maps were construed in favor of the Republican party. Common Clause claims [...]

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The Supreme Court of New Zealand ruled Friday that denying prisoners the right to vote is inconsistent with the country’s Bill of Rights. This ruling reaffirms a previous declaratory statement issued by New Zealand’s High Court. Section 12 of New Zealand’s Bill of Rights reads: Every New Zealand citizen who is of or over the [...]

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Four states—Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota and Utah—voted on marijuana measures Tuesday, with Michigan becoming the tenth state to legalize recreational use of marijuana. Michigan voters approved Proposal 1, known as the state’s Marijuana Legalization Initiative. Proposal 1 enables the recreational purchase and possession of marijuana for adults over 21 years old. Individual Michigan municipalities can [...]

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