Friday, 14 December, 2018

Novartis Lawyer Retires in Relation to Cohen Payments

Novartis Lawyer Retires in Relation to Cohen Payments Novartis Lawyer Retires in Relation to Cohen Payments
Jean Garcia | 16 May, 2018, 17:49

Novartis has denied it was trying to gain access to Trump via payments to a firm controlled by Michael Cohen.

Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels or knowing anything about that payment but his new lawyer Rudy Giuliani has acknowledged the USA president had in fact reimbursed Cohen for the payoff.

The top lawyer at pharmaceutical giant Novartis is retiring after the company signed a $1.2 million contract with President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

Cohen's company Essential Consultants had a one-year $1.2 million contract with Novartis during the beginning of the Trump administration.

The one-year deal with Essential was revealed last week when lawyer Michael Avenatti, whose client Stormy Daniels is suing Cohen, announced several corporations paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to the shell company. "As a co-signatory with our former CEO [Joe Jimenez], I take personal responsibility to bring the public debate on this matter to an end", said Ehrat of his decision to leave the firm.

After the news broke of the Novartis deal, U.S. media speculated the Swiss firm had been trying to gain access to the USA president.

Google may be harvesting user data from Android phones
Data privacy advocates said many consumers are unlikely to understand what they agreed to when signing up to use a smartphone . Meanwhile, ACCC and company's Privacy Commissioner said that they are reviewing the claims made by Oracle in its presentation.

Novartis changed CEOs in February, with Vas Narasimhan replacing former CEO Joe Jimenez.

The top lawyer for drugmaker Novartis said he'll step down after hiring Trump fixer Michael Cohen's Essential Consultants as an adviser past year. The company said it had expected that Cohen could advise it on the administration's approach to healthcare policies such as the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

The company said it met with Cohen only once - in March 2017.

However, Novartis also said it continued to pay Cohen $100,000 a month until February 2018.

Novartis group general counsel Felix R. Ehrat said Wednesday that he would retire, because of the role he played in setting up the contract, saying that while the contract was legal, "it was an error".

Recommended

Senate panel advances Trump nominee to lead Central Intelligence Agency Senate panel advances Trump nominee to lead Central Intelligence Agency But for Warner, and for the Democrats who followed his lead to also announce their support for Haspel on Tuesday, it was enough. The four Democrats supporting Haspel are: Warner, Manchin, Joe Donnelly of IN , and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

Tesla breaks EV towing record Tesla breaks EV towing record With this, Tesla has set a new Guinness World Record for the heaviest tow (130 tonnes) done by a production electric vehicle . This model has all-wheel drive thanks to a dual-motor setup and makes peak torque off-the-line.

Amazon has just made its biggest push into blockchain yet Amazon has just made its biggest push into blockchain yet These connections help reduce the cost of real-world projects that otherwise would require expensive integrations. He said it can also help connecting enterprises' private blockchains to the ethereum network.

Peel Hunt Reaffirms Reduce Rating for Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) Peel Hunt Reaffirms Reduce Rating for Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) FanDuel , founded in Edinburgh , is backed by the likes of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Google Capital and NBC Sports Ventures. Under New Jersey's sports-betting laws, only casinos and racetracks will be able to take bets on sports.

Metro Exodus Delayed Until Q1 2019 Metro Exodus Delayed Until Q1 2019 This'll be the first time the series will take players outside of Moscow. Metro Exodus will now launch on PS4, Xbox One and PC in early 2019.

UK Government To Nationalise East Coast Rail Service UK Government To Nationalise East Coast Rail Service All tickets booked with Virgin Trains East Coast will be valid on all London North Eastern Railway . Trains on the East Coast Mainline will gradually transfer to LNER branding from VTEC branding.

Volvo Says No To Diesel Engines With New S60 Saloon Volvo Says No To Diesel Engines With New S60 Saloon As mentioned above, the new S60 will be the first new Volvo without a diesel option. The company remains committed to introduce mild hybrid versions starting next year.

AI-powered Google News app now available for iOS users AI-powered Google News app now available for iOS users This feature means users will not exclusively be served a biased selection of news, but will expose everyone to the same stories. Apart from the redesign, the Google News app is now categorised into four new sections.

Kristen Stewart took off his shoes in protest against the dress code Kristen Stewart took off his shoes in protest against the dress code The Twilight actress was seen walking barefoot on the Cannes Film Festival's red carpet in protest against the 'no flats policy'. The film, by Spike Lee , stars Corey Hawkins and Topher Grace and takes on the checkered history of the Ku Klux Klan.

Everton sack Sam Allardyce as manager Everton sack Sam Allardyce as manager Allardyce stabilised the club and helped them finish the campaign in a respectable eighth position. Former Watford and Hull City manager Marco Silva is the favourite to replace Allardyce.

US Oil Gets Cheaper Versus Mideast Crude After Iran Sanctions US Oil Gets Cheaper Versus Mideast Crude After Iran Sanctions West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $71.08 a barrel, down 23 cents, or 0.3 percent, from their last settlement. Brent , the global benchmark, rose as much as 1% at $79.47 per barrel around 8:30 a.m.

Transfer news SHOCK as Premier League plan to open window THIS WEEK Transfer news SHOCK as Premier League plan to open window THIS WEEK But clubs may now be able to snap up their targets before they head off to Russian Federation . The windows in those four leagues will close on August 31.

More than 60 people from Windrush generation may have been wrongly deported More than 60 people from Windrush generation may have been wrongly deported He said: "I've asked officials to be absolutely certain and thorough and check over every record and make sure". In three cases, the person does have a legal basis to stay in Britain, while nine cases are ongoing.

Girl in SUV crushed to death as storms pound Northeast Girl in SUV crushed to death as storms pound Northeast Much of the east coast from North Georgia up through Pennsylvania and New Jersey will likewise see rain in the next three days. Winds along parts of Northeast reached up to 150 miles per hour knocking down power poles and many trees, CNN forecasters said.

GOP Georgia governor candidate bringing 'Deportation bus tour' to state's sanctuary cities GOP Georgia governor candidate bringing 'Deportation bus tour' to state's sanctuary cities Casey Cagle (R) is leading in both polls and fundraising, with nearly $7 million raised and 41 percent of the vote. His campaign published a video saying this tour would not "be one of those pansy political bus tours".