Thursday, January 25, 2007

Pennsylvania Woman Drops Vioxx Lawsuit

Article in the Wall Street Journal -- Pennsylvania Plaintiff Drops Vioxx Lawsuit Against Merck, by Sara Leitch:

Merck & Co. said a Pennsylvania woman dropped a lawsuit she had filed against the company, alleging that its Vioxx drug caused her husband's heart attack and death.

The Whitehouse Station, N.J., pharmaceutical company said the suit, filed by Angela McCool, would have been the first Vioxx case to go to trial in Philadelphia. The trial was scheduled to begin in Philadelphia State Court five weeks from now.

In its trial scorecard, the Wall Street Journal notes: "Merck has won four federal cases over Vioxx and lost one. In state courts, the company has won four and lost three. Among state cases, there was one order for a retrial (New Jersey) after jurors sided with Merck and two mistrials (California)."


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