NYC sues online e-cig companies over age verification concerns. New York City is stepping up its ongoing war on e-cigarette manufacturers, according to Reuters, suing some two dozen online retailers over a pretty fundamental issue: How the heck do you verify a customer's age over the internet? “The kids of New York are the pride of our city, but to these companies, they’re just a source of profit,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “Preying on minors and hooking them on a potentially lethal, lifelong nicotine addiction is unconscionable.” (Reuters)
Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $8 billion in Risperdal verdict that will probably be slashed. Drug giant J&J has been ordered to pay $8 billion to a plaintiff who alleges the company's antipsychotic drug Risperdal can lead to breast enlargement in men (the punitive damages awarded by a Philadelphia jury add to existing claims that J&J hadn't done enough to warn patients of the risk—all claims that J&J vehemently objects to). The eye-popping jury award, however, will almost certainly be slashed down to a significantly smaller sum if past history is any guidance. ( BBC News)
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