August 31, 2006
Merck Wins New Trial on Vioxx Award
Article in today's Los Angeles Times -- Merck Wins New Trial on Vioxx Award, from Reuters:
A judge Wednesday threw out a $50-million jury award against Merck & Co.,
calling it excessive for a former FBI agent who had suffered a heart attack while
using the drug maker's Vioxx painkiller, and ordered a new trial on damages.
In a written ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Eldon Fallon found that the jury's
findings on Merck's liability were reasonable, but that the $50-million compensatory
damage assessment was not.
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