Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Vioxx Litigation Update

The National Law Journal reported last week on the Vioxx litigation in an article titled "Persistence Pays in Vioxx Litigation."  (Oct. 6, 2008 at S3).  It quoted Tom Girardi, who filed the first Vioxx case, as noting that the lesson from Vioxx was to settle early rather than losing billions in bad publicity.  On the flip side, Richard Nagareda noted that Merck's strategy of resisting settlement off the bat was largely successful, resulting in a lower payout per claimant.  The article concludes by observing that all eyes are on Wyeth v. Levine, No. 06-1249, which is pending before the Supreme Court and addresses FDA pre-emption.



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Has any of the plaintiff's receive a settlement, and if so who and how? We've been told for the last four months that the settlements would be issued before the end of the year. We know that the case was settled in August. Now we're being told that everything is being handled by the law firm that is administering the funds. What is the truth?

Posted by: Arthur L. Stitts | Dec 1, 2008 4:14:47 PM

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