The Washington Post

U.S. consumer confidence

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declined to a nine-month low in November as accelerati­ng inflation and a pickup in covid-19 cases weighed on Americans’ views on the economy. The Conference Board’s index fell to 109.5 from a downwardly revised 111.6 reading in October, according to the group’s report Tuesday. Bolstered by solid job growth, robust wage gains and record-high stock prices, consumer sentiment is well above levels seen earlier in the pandemic. However, a resurgence in covid-19 cases and the fastest inflation in decades has hampered a sustained recovery in Americans’ confidence.

An Alabama woman who says she was falsely arrested for shopliftin­g at a Walmart and then threatened by the company after charges against her were dismissed has been awarded $2.1 million in damages. A Mobile County jury on Monday ruled in favor of Lesleigh Nurse of Semmes, news outlets reported. Nurse said in a lawsuit that she was stopped in November 2016 when trying to leave a Walmart with groceries she said she already paid for, according to Al.com. She said she used selfchecko­ut but the scanning device froze. Workers didn’t accept her explanatio­n and she was arrested for shopliftin­g. Her case was dismissed a year later.

Biogen lost its appeals court bid to revive a key patent on the blockbuste­r multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera, which accounted for more than a quarter of the company’s revenue before generic versions eroded its market share. A trial court was correct when it invalidate­d a patent on the medicine, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled. In a related ruling, the court also affirmed a decision by a review board within the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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