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ACCC brings cartel case against Cryosite over ‘gun jumping’
Competition & Consumer Protection July 12, 2018 11:49 am By Cat Fredenburgh

The ACCC has brought a cartel case against biologics company Cryosite for agreeing to coordinate with competitor Cell Care prior to the completion of their merger agreement.

Global biotech CSL loses appeal after sacking sick employee
Employment July 5, 2018 11:36 pm By Miklos Bolza

Biotech giant CSL has lost its challenge to a Fair Work Commission decision that found it unfairly sacked one of its workers deemed too sick to carry on with his duties.

‘Offensive’ Instagram post a valid reason for firing hospital worker, FWC says
Employment July 3, 2018 11:56 pm By Miklos Bolza

The Fair Work Commission has thrown out an unfair dismissal case by a Sydney-based hospital employee who was fired after an unsolicited and “highly offensive” Instagram message to a young nurse.

ACCC takes Pfizer competition case to High Court
Appeals June 25, 2018 3:47 pm By Christine Caulfield

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is seeking special leave from the High Court to appeal a ruling in a case alleging drug giant Pfizer misused its market power ahead of the expiration of its patent for Lipitor.

Geneva Labs’ counterfeit Bio-Oil case dismissed as ‘madness’
Intellectual Property June 21, 2018 10:08 pm By Miklos Bolza

A Federal Court judge has dismissed proceedings by US pharma giant Geneva Laboratories against disgraced Sydney pharmacist Mina Attia over sales of 1,000 counterfeit Bio-Oil skincare bottles, calling it “madness” and a misuse of the court.

Fat pill patent by Danone unit gets IP Australia’s OK
Healthcare June 21, 2018 9:36 pm By Christine Caulfield

Danone’s Nutricia unit has defeated a challenge by New Zealand’s dairy cooperative Fonterra to registration of an Australian patent for the use of a nutritional pill for increasing weight gain in frail, elderly people.

Judge says DibbsBarker, QRxPharma emails privileged
Securities June 18, 2018 10:10 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

A judge overseeing a securities class action against former directors of failed pharmaceutical company QRxPharma and its legal advisor DibbsBarker has ruled that certain documents, including numerous emails sent by the law firm, are protected by attorney-client privilege.

ASIC goes after ex-Quintis boss over lost Nestle contract
Securities June 14, 2018 2:27 pm By Christine Caulfield

The corporate regulator has launched civil proceedings against the former managing director of sandalwood oil producer Quintis, after the company kept its board in the dark about the termination of a supply contract with Nestle unit Galderma.

Aspen settles patent case over generic Lexapro
Intellectual Property June 13, 2018 2:01 pm By Christine Caulfield

Generic pharmaceutical company Aspen Pharma has resolved a patent infringement case brought by the maker of the anti-depressant Lexapro, according to a Federal Court order Tuesday.

F. Hoffman La-Roche wins injunction in biologics patent case
Intellectual Property June 12, 2018 10:09 pm By Cat Fredenburgh

A judge has granted F. Hoffman La-Roche’s request for a temporary order blocking Sandoz from making or selling a biosimilar version of its patented biologic used to treat various cancers and rheumatoid arthritis.