Judge Picks Merck's Discovery Plan In NuvaRing MDL

Law360, New York (January 13, 2010, 1:42 PM EST) -- Rather than limit discovery to a small pool of bellwether cases in the NuvaRing multidistrict litigation, a federal judge has backed Merck & Co.’s request for full discovery in dozens of lawsuits alleging Merck downplayed the health risks of the contraceptive.

At a status conference Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Judge Rodney W. Sippel weighed competing discovery proposals, favoring Merck’s bid for discovery in a raft of cases rather than the handful advocated by the plaintiffs, said Merck spokesman...
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