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Allergan Pays $600 Million to Settle Botox Charges

Pharmaceutical firm Allergan has settled criminal and civil charges that it promoted Botox for uses the FDA hadn't approved, agreeing to pay $600 million and enter into a "corporate integrity agreement." Allergan also dropped its related First Amendment lawsuit against the FDA.

Legal Briefing: Blog Was Violent Threat, Not Free Speech

In a case that tested the bounds of the First Amendment, Hal Turner, a right-wing radio shock jock, was convicted of threatening three judges' lives in his blog post. Plus, Eli Lilly loses a patent case for ADHD drug Strattera.

Legal Briefing: BP's Partners Will Negotiate on Oil Spill Bills

Mitsui Offshore Exploration and Anadarko Petroleum, BP's partners in the Deepwater Horizon well, now refuse to share in the liability for the Gulf oil spill, saying BP's gross negligence frees them from liability. But before the issue goes to arbitration, they're going to try to talk it out.

Appeals Court Scraps FCC's TV Indecency Rules

In a major victory for TV networks, a federal appeals court struck down the Federal Communications Commission's indecency policy on Tuesday, calling it "unconstitutionally vague." The court also found the FCC rules posed a risk to freedom of speech.