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July 10, 2014

In The News Today – July 10, 2014

The Justice Department has aggressively pursued pharmaceutical companies that “run afoul of rules against ‘off-label’ marketing,” and the FDA has “held firm” to its policy that “sales pitches” generally should not include information on uses not approved by the agency. Prompted by recent federal court decisions, however, the FDA “is reviewing its rules on what kind of data drug companies should be allowed to distribute to doctors regarding off-label uses, as well as how they should respond to unsolicited questions from physicians about those uses.” The agency is expected to issue new guidelines by the end of the year. (Washington Post)

Loyola University New Orleans Law Professor, Blake LeCesne, “has held himself as an impartial expert on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill” and been critical of BP’s handling of claims in local, national and international media outlets. Court documents show, however, that LeCesne “has a stake in a claim” against BP. According to a report submitted by former FBI director Louis Freeh in the BP case pending in federal court in New Orleans, “LeCesne in 2013 attempted to intervene on behalf of Nolmar Corp., a New Orleans janitorial and construction company that had a claim pending against BP. LeCesne is vice-president and general counsel at Nolmar.” (LegalNewsline)

As part of the company’s record $8.97 billion settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, BNP Paribas SA “pleaded guilty to a criminal charge over its dealings with sanctioned countries.” On Wednesday, BNP’s attorneys entered a guilty plea on behalf of the bank to a “single federal charge of conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.” (Wall Street Journal)

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