A $7.75 million jury award over a death blamed on Merck's Vioxx drug will stand after a judge let the company's request for a new trial expire. Merck made the request after learning that, shortly before the trial, one of the jurors took a cash loan from the widow of Leonel Garza, who died in 2001 at age 71 after taking the since-withdrawn painkiller. Garza's attorneys had touted the verdict as the first case in the country where a jury found short-term usage of Vioxx to be causative in heart attacks.
$7.75M Vioxx Verdict Stands After Judge Lets Merck's Request for New Trial Expire
The Associated Press
March 9, 2007
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