Lawyers trying the nation’s next Vioxx suit, which begins on Tuesday in Starr County, Texas, will need to find ways to work with a less-than-favorable trial schedule calling for four days in the courtroom a month.

Because 229th District Judge Alex Gabert also sits in Duval and Jim Hogg counties, he set a trial schedule for the Vioxx suit that works into his travel around his district in the Rio Grande Valley. That poses big challenges for lawyers on both sides, who will jockey to leave the jury with favorable evidence to think about during the extended breaks in the trial.

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