Opening Salvo Fired In Fosamax Trial

Law360, New York (August 12, 2009, 4:46 PM EDT) -- A 71-year-old woman suffering from a painful bone disease found herself painted as both innocent victim and deluded grandmother as the first of three bellwether trials over Merck & Co.'s osteoporosis drug Fosamax began in earnest on Wednesday.

After years of tangling over various pretrial matters, lawyers for Merck and plaintiff Shirley Boles finally squared off in a Manhattan courtroom to present their opening arguments following Monday's jury selection process.

Timothy O'Brien, the attorney representing Boles, kicked things off by repeating the two main points he...
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