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January 25, 2006

Cause of Death Argued in Texas Vioxx Case

Lawyers made opening statements Wednesday, January 25, in a Vioxx case against Merck & Co. that arose out of the death of a 71-year-old man, Leonel Garza, from a fatal heart attack.  The lawyer for his family argued that the heart attack was a sudden reaction to Vioxx and not the end result of 23 years of heart disease, as contended by Merck lawyers.  The trial is being held in Rio Grande City.  The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages. 

In previous cases, Merck lost a decision in a Texas trial court, and won in New Jersey.  A federal case resulted in mistrial.  Additional coverage by Lynn Brezosky, AP on  Findlaw.

MKS

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