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Drugmaker Auxilium wins at jury in its first bellwether trial over testosterone therapy drug Testim

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 16, 2017, 4:16pm

While their competitor AbbVie seeks to undo jury verdicts worth nearly $290 million over testosterone replacement therapy drugs, drugmaker Auxilium has received a clean bill from a jury in its first court test over claims it and other similar drugmakers should be made to pay for alleged misleading marketing that led men to take the drugs, and suffered heart attacks as a result.

Chicago OK to tack on thousands in taxes to the sale of Fannie, Freddie foreclosures: Appeals court

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 31, 2017, 4:53pm

While federal law bars the city of Chicago and other local governments from slapping taxes on homes acquired by federal home mortgage lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the law does nothing to stop such cities from merely passing on those tax bills to the people who later buy the property from Fannie or Freddie, a federal appeals panel says.

Judge: Testosterone replacement drug bellwether OK to proceed vs Testim maker Auxilium

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 24, 2017, 4:44pm

After two federal juries delivered $140 million verdicts against AbbVie, competing drugmaker Auxilium will be headed to trial over claims its testosterone replacement therapy drug Testim caused heart attacks in men who took the drug to treat “off-label” conditions, spurred by what plaintiffs alleged was misleading marketing from drugmakers.

Data breach class action vs Barnes & Noble falls apart after judge finds victims suffered no injury

Dana Herra Oct. 6, 2016, 5:14pm

A federal judge has dismissed an attempt by customers of Barnes & Noble to sue the bookseller over a 2012 data breach they say exposed them to an increased risk of identity theft.

Chicago given third try at pressing opioid deception fraud suit vs drugmakers

Dan Churney Oct. 3, 2016, 11:51am

A Chicago federal judge is giving City Hall a third try to refine its opioid fraud lawsuit vs drugmakers.

Chicago can't collect real estate transfer tax from buyers of homes sold by Fannie, Freddie, judge says

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 30, 2016, 5:53pm

The city of Chicago should not be allowed to sidestep laws barring cities from collecting taxes on real estate sold by federal mortgage lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by simply passing on the tax bills to those buying the properties from Fannie and Freddie, a federal judge has ruled.

Fannie Mae: Chicago can't collect transfer taxes on foreclosed properties sold by federal agencies

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 15, 2015, 11:48pm

Fannie Mae, the federally-controlled largest provider of funding for mortgage loans in the country, has sued the city of Chicago in federal court to ask a judge to halt the city’s efforts to collect real estate transfer taxes on the residential properties the agency sells. On Oct. 15, the Federal National Mortgage Association, commonly known as Fannie Mae, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the federal agency which oversees Fannie, filed its complaint in federal court in Chicago against