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June 1, 2016

In the News Today – June 1, 2016

  • Congressmen Call for FDA to Clarify Position on Off-Label Uses: Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, have called on the FDA to “clarify its position on what drug and device companies can tell doctors about unapproved or off-label uses.” This comes after “a federal jury in Texas returned a unanimous not guilty verdict in a criminal case against medical device company Vascular Solutions Inc. and its CEO in connection with alleged off-label promotion of a product.” (Bloomberg BNA)
  • SCOTUS Will Hear State Farm False Claims Act Case Challenge: The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal by State Farm over a federal court ruling in a case alleging the company violated the False Claims Act by overbilling the government for damage from Hurricane Katrina. State Farm argues that part of the lawsuit should’ve been thrown out because the plaintiffs’ former lawyer, Dickie Scruggs — who served prison time over bribery charges in a separate case — had distributed information about the lawsuit to the media before the mandated seal was lifted. The U.S. Chamber joined State Farm in arguing for high court review. (Bloomberg)
  • Kentucky a “Trial Lawyer Haven”: Citing ILR’s 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey, which found that “reforming Kentucky’s legal environment would reduce tort costs by $451 million,” Michael G. Adams of the Partnership for Commonsense Justice writes that “it is time to enact tort reform in Kentucky.” (Hazard-Herald)
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