Merck & Co. has dropped Lowenstein Sandler from its appeal of a $13.5 million Vioxx case to prevent recusal of a potentially pro-company New Jersey Supreme Court justice who the firm represents in a private matter. Lowenstein partner Douglas Eakeley won't argue for Merck at the state high court because he has been defending Justice Roberto Rivera-Soto against a complaint that he abused the power of his office to influence a juvenile delinquency case in which his son was the complaining witness.
Lawyer's Legal Work for N.J. Justice Bounces Firm From Vioxx Case
New Jersey Law Journal
July 15, 2008