Talking Points

TALKING POINTS

Health Care for All gets a new director

HEALTH CARE

Advocacy group gets a new director

The Boston nonprofit advocacy group Health Care For All said Monday that it has named Amy F. Rosenthal as its new executive director. Steve Rosenfeld has been interim director since October, following the departure of Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, who led the organization since 2008. Rosenthal currently works as director of external affairs and campaigns at Community Catalyst, a health care advocacy group affiliated with Health Care For All. Rosenthal has almost 25 years of experience in health care, public policy, politics, and philanthropy, Health Care For All said in a news release. “This is a critical moment in our country’s history, and we cannot take a step backwards in terms of the coverage and quality gains we have made,” Rosenthal said in the release. “Massachusetts has always been a national leader in part because Health Care For All has made sure the consumer is part of important health care decisions. It is a privilege to take on this leadership role at this very important organization.” She is scheduled to begin the new job June 26.
— PRIYANKA DAYAL MCCLUSKEY

GASOLINE

Prices at the pump fall one penny

Gas prices in Massachusetts have dropped by a penny. AAA Northeast said Monday that a gallon of self-serve, regular is selling for an average of $2.28 per gallon. That price is eight cents lower than the national average, but three cents higher than the state price a year ago. AAA found self-serve, regular selling for as low as $2.11 and as high as $2.51 per gallon.
— ASSOCIATED PRESS

SUPREME COURT

Curbs placed on court shopping for patent cases

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The Supreme Court put sharp new limits on where patent-infringement lawsuits can be filed, undercutting patent owners’ ability to channel cases to favorable courts. The justices on Monday unanimously ruled in favor of TC Heartland, an Indiana-based maker of water flavorings that said a Kraft Heinz Co. unit shouldn’t be allowed to sue it in Delaware. The high court said patent suits should be filed in the state where the defendant is incorporated. The ruling will bar many patent owners from pressing cases in the Eastern District of Texas, a patent-friendly jurisdiction where more than one-third of all infringement suits are now filed. — BLOOMBERG NEWS

CHEMICALS

Swiss and Texas companies to merge

Swiss specialty chemicals maker Clariant and Texas’ Huntsman Corp. will attempt to join and create a company with a market value of $13.8 billion, the latest proposed deal in a chemicals industry that is seeking to consolidate rapidly. Clariant is led by Hariolf Kottmann (left in photo), and Huntsman is led by Peter R. Huntsman (right). The companies said Monday they plan to combine in through an all-stock transaction. The new firm will have global headquarters in Pratteln, Switzerland, and operational headquarters in The Woodlands, Texas, where Huntsman is based. The companies hope to complete the deal by the year’s end. The industrial gas and chemical sector has been rife with mergers the past couple of years as companies seek to streamline operations and increase profits. In December of 2015, chemical giants DuPont and Dow agreed on a proposed $62 billion merger, but have postponed the deal several times due to regulatory scrutiny both in the United States and abroad. — ASSOCIATED PRESS

TAXES

High court rejects appeal of Michigan case

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The Supreme Court refused to question a Michigan tax change that companies including IBM Corp. and Procter & Gamble Co. say will hit them retroactively with a $1 billion bill. The companies argued that the change violates the US Constitution and the Multistate Tax Compact, a 50-year-old agreement among states for dividing the taxes owed by companies that do business in multiple jurisdictions. The Supreme Court rejected the appeals without comment. Justice Samuel Alito didn’t participate in the cases. — BLOOMBERG NEWS

MEDIA

Fox hit with three more lawsuits

Three new lawsuits filed Monday allege racial discrimination or sexual harassment at Fox News, deepening the network’s legal woes. The cases increase to 23 the number of past or present Fox employees represented by attorney Doug Wigdor, the majority having cases alleging racial hostility by a since-fired financial executive. Fox said Monday that the lawsuits have no legal basis. — ASSOCIATED PRESS

GUNS

New Jersey sues New Hamphire gun manufacturer over trooper handguns

New Jersey has sued gun manufacturer Sig Sauer, saying it sold defective handguns to the state police. The company, based in Newington, New Hampshire, sold 3,000 handguns to New Jersey State Police for nearly $2 million. But the lawsuit says that when the weapons were delivered in 2014, many of the guns malfunctioned by not ejecting shell casings when fired. The lawsuit says Sig Sauer failed to provide new guns to the state by an agreed-upon date. New Hampshire Public Radio reports that the New Jersey attorney general has filed a breach of contract complaint, seeking a refund, plus nearly $900,000 to cover the cost of purchased holsters.Sig Sauer didn’t respond to a request for comment. — ASSOCIATED PRESS

FANTASY SPORTS

N.J. Assembly approves regulating and taxing daily games

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New Jersey’s Democrat-led Assembly has approved legislation to regulate and tax daily fantasy sports. The Assembly voted 56-15 Monday on a bill that would impose a quarterly fee of 10.5 percent of gross revenues on daily fantasy sports providers. There were three abstentions. The measure calls for the Division of Consumer Affairs to issue permits to fantasy sports operators, including casino licensees and racetracks. The sponsors of the legislation say it doesn’t limit small-scale season-long fantasy sports activities conducted among family and friends. A bill in the state Senate imposes a 9.25 percent tax rate on daily fantasy sports companies’ gross revenue. New York enacted legislation last year to tax revenue from the games. Nearly a dozen states, including Massachusetts, regulate the games. — ASSOCIATED PRESS

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