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A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by two former corporate private eyes who accused GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) of hiring them under false pretenses to investigate a whistleblower in China, a move that led to their imprisonment amid a bribery scandal that subsequently engulfed the drug maker.

Peter Humphrey and Yu Yingzeng had alleged Glaxo lied about its reasons for hiring the couple in 2013. At that time, Glaxo executives in China asked them to investigate a former employee, who was suspected of becoming a whistleblower and disclosing the bribery scheme. Someone had already sent details to the Chinese government and Glaxo management in the U.K.

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