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An Indian court upheld a $550 million award granted to Daiichi Sankyo against the former owners of Ranbaxy Laboratories, who concealed information about fraudulent practices and ongoing investigations during talks that led to a $4.6 billion sale of the generic drug maker in 2008, The Economic Times reports. Daiichi took Malvinder Singh and Shivinder Singh to a tribunal in 2013 after pleading guilty to felony charges because Ranbaxy distributed adulterated medicines in the U.S. and falsified data. Daiichi paid a $500 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice.


Three large supermarket chains have filed a lawsuit accusing more than two dozen generic drug makers of colluding to set prices. Kroger (KR), Albertson’s, and H.E. Butt argue the price fixing was part of a “broad conspiracy” and cite ongoing government investigations into the generic drug industry to support their claims. Last year, two former Heritage Pharmaceuticals executives agreed to cooperate with authorities after being charged as part of a criminal probe into alleged antitrust activities.

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