U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on Oct. 19 turned away a religious challenge to a requirement that healthcare workers in Maine be vaccinated against Covid-19, the latest such bid rejected by the nation’s top judicial body.

Facing thousands of lawsuits related to Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products, the life sciences giant is launching a separate subsidiary dubbed LTL Management LLC that will take the brunt of potential legal liabilities.

Bayer AG won a trial over claims the company’s Roundup weedkiller causes cancer after a California jury found that the herbicide was not a substantial cause of a child’s rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The verdict is the fourth involving Roundup and the first in the German drugmaker’s favor.

AstraZeneca agreed to pay a $560,000 settlement to resolve allegations of gender and racial discrimination filed by employees at the company’s Wilmington, Del. headquarters. 

A federal judge on Sept. 24 ruled that a Cincinnati, Ohio-area healthcare provider could require employees to get vaccinated against Covid-19 or risk losing their job, in what appears to be the first ruling of its kind for a private employer in the United States.

As the fraud trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes headlines the pharma legal news, other court-related cases are taking place, including a ruling in the legal spat between Takeda and AbbVie over a supply agreement for the prostate cancer drug Lupron.

A U.S. judge in New York on Sept. 14 temporarily blocked the state from enforcing a requirement that healthcare workers receive Covid-19 vaccines against the wishes of employees with religious objections.

Bausch Health Companies Inc. agreed to pay $300 million to settle an antitrust lawsuit accusing it of illegally maintaining a monopoly on the diabetes drug Glumetza, enabling a nearly 800 percent price hike in 2015.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Sept. 9 the regulatory agency needs more time to decide whether e-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc. and other major manufacturers can sell their products in the United States.

After a year-long delay due to Covid-19, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes headed to court on Sept. 8 to face multiple criminal fraud charges that could land the former billionaire in prison for more than a decade.