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Justice Samuel Anthony Alito Jr., writing for the majority, said that the drug sales reps’ “end goal was not merely to make physicians aware of the medically appropriate uses of a particular drug.”

“Rather, it was to convince physicians actually to prescribe the drug in appropriate cases.”he wrote.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas joined with Justice Alito.


In crowded online music field, new Songza soars

LOS ANGELES — Songza, a new online radio service, is leapfrogging Pandora as the most popular free music app for Apple devices.

But it immediately faces a struggle to survive in a business saddled with high royalty rates for artists.

The New York-based startup aims to rewrite the songbook on how an online radio service should be run. One key difference: It has no mood-killing ads.

The commercial-free aspect appeals to people who have to pay $36 a year to avoid ads on Pandora, or $4 a month to Slacker, another online radio service.

The feature helped Songza get downloaded 1.15 million times in the 10 days after June 7, when it updated its iPhone app and offered an iPad-optimized version.


U.S. builder confidence ticks up to 5-year high

Confidence among U.S. builders ticked up this month to a five-year high, an indication that the housing market is slowly improving.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index rose in June to 29, the highest reading since May 2007. It increased from a reading of 28 last month, which was revised down one point from its initial figure.

The index, which was released Monday, has risen in seven of the past nine months, suggesting builders are starting to see the seeds of a recovery taking shape after years of stagnation.

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