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VIOXX CLASS ACTIONS REACH 10 COUNTRIES A Chicago-based plaintiffs’ law firm has filed class actions on behalf of citizens from 10 countries who allegedly suffered serious injury or death from the pain medication Vioxx. The latest action was filed last week on behalf of Polish citizens. In re Vioxx Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1657, (E.D. La.). Similar litigation has been filed on behalf of Vioxx users in Italy, England, France, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Germany and the Netherlands, according to Kenneth Moll of Kenneth B. Moll & Associates, who has filed the actions. The Vioxx litigation presents “no better case for foreign claimants to be represented in U.S. courts. The production, the testing, the warning, the design of the drug � everything occurred here in the U.S.,” Moll said, adding that Merck distributed half the product to users abroad. “There’s too much protection by the U.S. of companies whose [products] injure or kill foreigners who have no sufficient law to protect them in foreign countries,” he said. Casey Stavropoulos, a spokeswoman for Merck, based in Whitehouse Station, N.J., said in an e-mail message that the company “believes these claims are without merit and should not be litigated in the U.S. courts,” as well as “inappropriate for class treatment.” “Each plaintiff represents an individual case involving a unique medical history and potential risk factors,” Stavropoulos wrote. � National Law Journal

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