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Novartis Ordered to Face US Lawsuit Over Doctor Kickbacks

A federal judge said Novartis AG must face a U.S. government lawsuit accusing the Swiss drug maker of paying multimillion-dollar kickbacks, including a $9,750 dinner for three at a Japanese restaurant, to induce doctors to prescribe its drugs. U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe in Manhattan on Tuesday let the government pursue its entire lawsuit, brought under the federal False Claims Act. He also said New York can pursue most of its state law claims in a related lawsuit. Julie Masow, a...

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