Morning Docket: 07.02.20

* Novartis has settled a lawsuit which included allegations that the drugmaker gave money to doctors to induce them into prescribing certain medications. These claims would have spiced up the movie Love and Other Drugs… [NBC News]

* An Ohio attorney has been arrested on federal bribery and extortion charges. [Toledo Blade]

* Only seven law firm mergers and combinations have occurred during the second quarter of 2020 according to Altman Weil, likely due to the chilling effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. [The American Lawyer]

* The New York Attorney General has agreed to settle sexual misconduct lawsuits against Harvey Weinstein for $19 million. [Guardian]

* A lawyer has lost his bid to avoid the bankruptcy discharge of his $156,000 in legal fees for handling a client’s divorce. [Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly]

* A former judge and lawyer has been suspended from practice for participating in an inappropriate email chain nicknamed the “forum for hate.” Be sure to check out the messed up things that were said by the group which are included in the article. [ABA Journal]

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