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Post hoc ergo propter hoc

That's the philosophy of one plaintiff's lawyer handling Vioxx cases, reports the AP:

Lawrence E. Feldman, a Jenkintown attorney whose firm has been advertising on the Internet for people who took Vioxx, said most attorneys thinking about getting involved in the litigation are looking for any clients who had a heart attack or stroke within 72 hours of taking the drug, regardless of how much they took or for how long.

Feldman acknowledged that it may be tough for any client to show conclusively that their heart problem was caused by Vioxx, but he said patients, not the drug company, should get the benefit of the doubt.

"One man's pirate is another man's hero," Feldman said. "If you're talking about people who had a stroke or a heart attack within a few days of taking this drug, I don't think anyone has to look for any existential truth about whether they should be rewarded."



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute


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