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Pfizer caught out, Indian lawyers call for action, and British barrister quits to join far right

Pfizer caught out, Indian lawyers call for action, and British barrister quits to join far right

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has been slapped with a $US141 million ($155 million) fine for un­lawfully promoting an epilepsy drug for unap­proved uses, reports law.com. A jury found the…

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has been slapped with a $US141 million ($155 million) fine for un­lawfully promoting an epilepsy drug for unap­proved uses, reports law.com. A jury found the company guilty of breaching federal racket­eering laws which promoted use of the drug Neurontin for conditions on which it did not work. The plaintiffs, Kaiser Foundation Hospi­tals and Health Plan, were tricked into believ­ing the drug could successfully treat migraines and bipolar disorder.

Seventeen corporate lawyers from Simmons & Simmons' Rome office are jumping ship to DLA Piper, reports The Lawyer. The team, in­cluding four partners, will join an existing DLA Piper team in Rome consisting of 13 fee earn­ers. The move will leave Simmons' Rome office, especially the corporate team, looking serious­ly diminished.

A group of Indian lawyers is calling for gov­ernment action over allegations that 31 foreign firms and a legal process outsourcing compa­ny were illegally practicing law in India, reports legalweek.com. According to the group, lawyers from foreign firms were conducting business "out of five star hotels and business centres". Included in the list of accused - which has been filed in the Madras High Court by way of peti­tion - are Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, White & Case and Shearman & Sterling.

A British tax barrister has resigned from his po­sition at Birmingham's St Philip's Chambers in order to contest a seat in the far right British Na­tional Party (BNP), reports The Lawyer. Robert Grierson, who attended the same university col­lege as controversial BNP leader Nick Griffin, will contest the seat at the upcoming election.

The British Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has undergone its "biggest ever consultation" as it attempts to dramatically rejuvenate the So­licitors' Code of Conduct, reports legal­week.com. According to the SRA, the rigorous shake-up is set to concentrate on the regula­tion of specific firms and conduct which pose the greatest danger to clients, and to establish much clearer ethical guidelines.

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