Attorneys for Merck & Co. want to see records that could show the extent of a juror's financial relationship with a plaintiff who won a $32 million verdict against the company. Jose Manuel Rios testified in a post-trial deposition to borrowing up to $10,000 interest free from the widow of Leonel Garza, who had a fatal heart attack after taking the painkiller Vioxx. Plaintiffs attorneys had hailed the case as the first in which a U.S. jury found short-term Vioxx usage a factor leading to a heart attack.
Texas Juror Took Loans From Plaintiff in Vioxx Case
The Associated Press
September 1, 2006