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2005-10-13 18:56:30

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California judge overseeing a lawsuit to prevent the state from issuing up to $3 billion in bonds for its stem cell research institute has scheduled a hearing on November 17 on a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, a spokesman for the state's lawyer said on Thursday. The motion by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer aims to free the state to issue the voter-approved general obligation bonds, which could total $3 billion over 10 years, said Lockyer...

2005-08-25 14:43:54

By Deena Beasley LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California's attorney general said on Thursday the state has filed a lawsuit accusing 39 pharmaceutical companies of bilking the state's Medicaid program of hundreds of millions of dollars by inflating drug prices. Attorney General Bill Lockyer said he has added companies including Amgen Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline Plc to a previous complaint accusing Abbott Laboratories and Wyeth of hiding the true costs of their drugs so that payments from...

2005-08-24 17:02:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California's attorney general plans on Thursday to add "a significant number of companies" to an earlier lawsuit accusing two major drug makers of overcharging for medicine used to treat the state's indigent patients, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Attorney General Bill Lockyer in 2003 filed a complaint alleging that Abbott Laboratories and Wyeth had overcharged the state's Medicaid program by tens of millions of dollars. "Tomorrow, we will be adding many...

2005-07-11 16:20:55

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a $117.36 billion budget on Monday that taps improving revenues to balance the state's books and avoids tax increases, new debt and deep spending cuts. Separately, Moody's Investors Service upgraded its rating on California's general obligation debt, citing the state's economic recovery and a moderately improved financial outlook for 2006 and beyond. The budget for California's 2005-06 fiscal year that started...

2005-07-08 17:50:00

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) -- Following a Supreme Court ruling that said the U.S. government could prosecute medical marijuana use, California officials said on Friday they would stop issuing identification cards to state residents who smoke marijuana to treat medical conditions. The state program has been suspended pending a legal review in light of last month's court decision, which said Congress may bar the cultivation and use of marijuana, State Health Director Sandra Shewry said in a...

2005-05-10 09:25:00

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California officials conceded Monday that a legal challenge has severely hampered the ability of the state's stem cell agency to borrow even a penny of the $3 billion in research money it had hoped to raise over the next 10 years. Attorney General Bill Lockyer and Treasurer Phil Angelides said their offices are aggressively fighting the lawsuit while pursuing alternative ways for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to borrow money to fund medical...

2005-01-06 07:50:00

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's new stem cell agency is generating a lot of talk - and it's not all about the ethics of human embryonic research. First Amendment advocates are grousing about the veil of secrecy covering how the agency is coming together and where $3 billion in taxpayer money is going. The criticism started last fall during the debate over Proposition 71, the bond measure ultimately passed by voters that funds the agency, and picked up this week ahead of a key...

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