Supreme Court Rejects Vioxx Class Action

Sep 7, 2007 Read more: The Associated Press

“We already have a number of funds (health plans) that have contacted us that represent close to $1 billion in claims.”

New Jersey's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a class-action lawsuit against Merck & Co. over its withdrawn painkiller Vioxx.

The ruling is a huge legal victory for the drugmaker, which faces nearly 27,000 individual lawsuits from people claiming Vioxx, once a widely used arthritis treatment, caused heart attacks and strokes.

The state's highest court, reversing two lower-court decisions, ruled that a nationwide class was not appropriate for the lawsuit. The suit had been brought by a union health plan on behalf of all insurance plans that paid for Vioxx prescriptions _ roughly 80 percent of all Vioxx sold. Read more

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Hagerstown, MD

#1 Sep 10, 2007
being a victim of vioxx complications including a stroke makes me very upset that this company continues to avoid paying for their mistakes while victims receive no compensation usually because lawyers pick and choose the easiest cases leaving victims to scramble for decent legal representation

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