Insurance plans, other third-party payers settle Vioxx claims with drugmaker Merck for $80M

Merck, insurance plans settle Vioxx suits for $80M

TRENTON, N.J. — Health insurers, unions and other private groups that paid for prescriptions for withdrawn painkiller Vioxx have reached an $80 million settlement with its maker, ending another part of the multipronged litigation.

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Source: Pfizer, Nigeria settle lawsuit over children harmed in 1996 antibiotic experiment

Source: Pfizer, Nigeria settle antibiotic lawsuit

TRENTON, N.J. — Drugmaker Pfizer Inc. and the Nigerian government have resolved a long-running legal dispute over allegations children there were harmed in a 1996 Pfizer study of an experimental antibiotic during a meningitis outbreak.

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Fraud lawsuit latest wrinkle in Trump casinos bankruptcy case

Ex-buyer sues Trump casinos for failed Marina deal

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — With a decision nearing on whether Donald Trump can regain control of the Atlantic City casino empire he once ruled, a new complication has emerged in an already tangled situation.

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Judge dismisses Trump lawsuit claiming author hurt him by reporting low net worth

Trump lawsuit over his net worth is thrown out

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. — Donald Trump says a judge was wrong to dismiss his lawsuit this week over how much he’s worth.

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‘Too Fat to Fish’ comedian Artie Lange pleads not guilty to DUI charge following NJ accident

Comic Artie Lange pleads not guilty to DUI in NJ

TOMS RIVER, N.J. — Comedian and radio personality Artie Lange (LANG) has pleaded not guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of an intoxicant in New Jersey.

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Man who stole 91 lobster tails from NJ casino gets 4 years; had stuffed them into his jacket

NJ man who stole 91 lobsters sentenced to 4 years

MAYS LANDING, N.J. — A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to stealing 91 lobster tails from an Atlantic City casino’s kitchen by cramming them into his jacket and backpack. He’s been sentenced to four years in prison.

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Woman who had 150 cats in urine and feces-covered NJ mansion fined $35,000

Woman who had 150 cats in NJ mansion fined $35,000

CHESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A woman accused of keeping 150 cats in her New Jersey mansion has been ordered to pay more than $35,000 in fines and restitution. Wanda Oughton pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of animal cruelty for failing to provide adequate shelter. The judge in Chester Township Municipal Court also told the 62-year-old she’s not allowed to own more than six cats over the next three years.

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Pa. court rules former Drifters manager can recover money from promoters who used group’s name

Pa. court rules in favor of ex-Drifters manager

NEWARK, N.J. — A federal court says a former manager of 1950s doo-wop group The Drifters could be entitled to millions of dollars from concert promoters who’ve infringed on the band’s trademark.

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Probation for exec who used pet names, other info to hack competing firms’ e-mail accounts

Exec who hacked friends for sales gets probation

HACKENSACK, N.J. — A sales executive who used personal information to guess passwords, hack into e-mail accounts and listen in on conference calls at his friends’ companies was sentenced to probation Friday — a punishment the victims said was too lenient.

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NJ inmates whose ‘Shawshank’-like escape led to guard’s suicide given maximum prison sentences

Inmates in ‘Shawshank’ escape get max sentences

ELIZABETH, N.J. — Two New Jersey men whose escape from jail led to the suicide of a corrections officer and spurred comparisons to the movie “The Shawshank Redemption” were given maximum prison sentences Friday by a judge who rejected their attorneys’ pleas for leniency.

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