Merck & Co. was stung with two major legal setbacks over the withdrawn painkiller Vioxx on Thursday when a federal jury in New Orleans ordered the drugmaker to pay $51 million to a heart attack victim, and a state judge in New Jersey overturned a November verdict favoring the company. Merck said it would appeal the New Orleans verdict and was considering its options in the New Jersey case. Merck still faces more than 16,000 Vioxx-related suits in state and federal courts.
Merck Suffers Two Setbacks as It Defends Vioxx Lawsuits
The Associated Press
August 18, 2006