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Vioxx Roundup

As you've probably heard today, a jury found Merck liable on Wednesday for one of two former Vioxx users' heart attacks in a split verdict. There's lots of commentary on the decision that Evan Schaeffer conveniently rounds up at The Legal Underground. Evan also asks why there's so much focus on Vioxx in contrast to other mass torts. I think there are two reasons: the cache of Mark Lanier and the fact that Merck is actually litigating all of these cases. Even wonky legal commentators would much rather read the trial dailies than plod through procedural motions regarding class certification or discovery disputes. Of course, after these results, it remains to be seen whether Merck remains committed to its promise to try every Vioxx case.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on April 6, 2006 at 03:17 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


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