Judge won't toss dinner-party kickback claims against Novartis

Note to sales reps: You might think twice about inviting the same doctors to the same speaker events over and over. Particularly when those events involve pricey dinners at Nobu and Smith & Wollensky. Even more particularly when the speakers don't do much speaking. Such are the allegations in a Novartis ($NVS) kickback suit that a U.S. judge refused to dismiss on Tuesday. Report