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February 18, 2006

Another Vioxx Defense Verdict

A jury ruled in favor of Merck, the maker of Vioxx, in the first federal court case against the drug maker.  The case, brought on behalf of a man who died of a heart attack after taking the painkiller for less than a month, was re-tried in New Orleans after a mistrial in Houston last December.  This is the second verdict in favor of Merck which has also lost one case resulting in a $253 million verdict in Texas, reduced to $26.1 million after application of the state's punitive damages cap.  An important issue in these cases is causation and there is speculation that Merck faces "more formidable" claims in those cases in which Vioxx was used for longer periods of time.  See the Associated Press story in the Houston Chronicle.

JDP

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