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One Oxycontin battle Purdue Pharma couldn’t win: exclusive rights to its painkiller. A Manhattan federal judge has declared invalid the Connecticut drug maker’s patents for the product — and cleared the way for Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings to launch a generic version. Purdue has boasted a 65-0 record defending its product against patients claiming addiction and other ill effects … Bryan Cave is joining the ranks of U.S. firms pulling back from Hong Kong. The Am Law 100 firm says it is reviewing its 12-lawyer outpost and expects to make cuts. Cravath Swaine & Moore and Dewey Ballantine shuttered their Hong Kong practices last year … The EPA’s enforcement chief is headed for greener pastures. John Peter Suarez will leave office at the end of this month to become GC at Wal-Mart’s Sam’s Club divisionStem cell research has found an East Coast haven, as New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey signed a bill to promote such study. The bill, which passed the state assembly by a single vote, mirrors a California law that allows for embryonic stem cell research but bans human cloning … The administrative judge for juvenile courts in the Cleveland area has won little applause. In the three years since Joseph Russo took the helm, the number of cases exceeding Supreme Court guidelines for promptness has plunged from 7,000 to 1,100. But the Cuyahoga County system still faces severe criticism for delays. A recent study by Case Western Reserve University found that lack of preparation caused judges to grant unnecessary continuances and thus drain millions from the system. – Lori Patel

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