Attorney General Frosh Announces $116M Multistate Settlement with Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon, Inc.

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced a multistate settlement with Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon, Inc. over allegations they deceptively promoted Ethicon transvaginal surgical mesh medical devices in violation of the Consumer Protection Act. Attorneys general claim J&J and Ethicon misrepresented the safety and effectiveness of the devices and didn’t sufficiently disclose associated risks. (WJZ-TV)

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Stein to leave Maryland Humanities as executive director

Maryland Humanities announced Thursday Executive Director Phoebe Stein will leave the nonprofit group at the end of February. Stein has served as the organization’s executive director for more than 11 years. A national search will be conducted to seek her replacement. Stein began her tenure at Maryland Humanities in July 2008. During her time with the organization, it has significantly expanded its programming, partnerships, and resources, despite arriving just a few months prior to a national recession. (Daily Record)

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Baltimore Police Chief Harrison says he needs business community's help

Businesses played a role in helping Michael Harrison turn the New Orleans police department around, and he has a similar outlook for how they can help in Baltimore. The Baltimore Police Commissioner, who started in March after serving four years as New Orleans' police chief, said his relationship with the business community in Louisiana was "extremely important" to his work there. Businesses helped to fill needs that government agencies didn't have the resources to meet, he said. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Amazon launches charm offensive from The Wharf, battling perception it hurts small business

Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is looking to change the perception that it hurts small business with a series of pop-up style events across the U.S. And it started in the District. The first "Amazon Small Business Spotlight” was held Tuesday at The Wharf. Roughly 20 sellers, invited by Amazon, from Greater Washington and along the East Coast displayed their goods and spoke about how selling on the platform has helped to grow their customer bases — and in some cases made them a fortune. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Lawsuit Threatened Against OPA Board

A group of residents is threatening a lawsuit if the Ocean Pines Association doesn’t hold a referendum on board spending. An attorney representing START, the advocacy group started by former association board member Slobodan Trendic, sent the Ocean Pines Association (OPA) a letter Oct. 6 stating that a lawsuit would result if steps weren’t taken to hold a referendum. In August, Trendic submitted a petition asking the board to hold a referendum to reduce the board’s spending authority. OPA’s legal counsel deemed the petition invalid because of its wording. (Dispatch)

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Juul To Stop Selling Several Flavored Products In The United States

Leading e-cigarette company Juul Labs will stop selling several flavored products in the United States, the company announced Thursday. Only tobacco, mint and menthol flavors will remain for sale. Meanwhile, Juul’s mango, creme, fruit and cucumber flavors have already been removed from the online store — which was the only place the company sold these products directly to 21-and-up consumers in the United States after it pulled them from retail locations late last year. (CNN)

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Paragon growing quickly toward 1,000 employees after Catalent acquisition

Paragon Gene Therapy has grown its Maryland employee base to about 750, up from around 400 in April when the biotech announced it would be acquired by New Jersey drug maker Catalent Inc. Paragon, formerly Paragon Bioservices Inc., has been growing rapidly in Greater Baltimore. It has brought more than 500 jobs to the state since January 2018. About 350 of Paragon's employees are based out of a research and development space in the University of Maryland BioPark in Baltimore. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Suburban Maryland emerging as a life sciences powerhouse

Suburban Maryland has become one of the nation’s strongest markets for life sciences, according to JLL’s latest industry Outlook. As home to the headquarters of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), suburban Maryland has always held a distinct advantage over core life sciences clusters. Innovation is thriving and investors, employers and real estate stakeholders have taken note and are collectively changing the market, cementing its role as a leader in the life sciences sector. (Wash. Post)


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