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November 22, 2006

Merck Judge Refuses Class Action Status

U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon of New Orleans has ruled that users of Merck & Company's Vioxx painkiller who claim the drug contributed to heart attacks and strokes, cannot sue as a class.  More than 7000 cases have been consolidated in Judge Fallon's court for pretrial proceedings.  Four cases, of which Merck has prevailed in three, have been tried there.  In his ruling refusing to certify the class, he ruled that the differences among individual suits were too great to permit them to be tried together.  See Bob Voris's story for Bloomberg.

JDP

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