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Vioxx litigation update

  • Merck wins the Schwaller case in Madison County. The plaintiffs' expert, testifying that Vioxx caused Patricia Schwaller's fatal heart attack, forgot to mention her diabetes and 280-pound/5'2" frame on his direct examination, which lost him credibility with the jury. [Bloomberg; Madison County Record]
  • Merck asks federal judge to dismiss securities case: case was brought in 2003, and risks of Vioxx were disclosed in March 2000 when Merck learned of them. [Bloomberg]



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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