Vioxx Plaintiffs Take $5B Deal Woes To High Court

Law360, New York (November 18, 2010, 7:06 PM EST) -- A group of plaintiffs challenging Merck & Co. Inc.'s $4.85 billion settlement of multidistrict litigation over its painkiller Vioxx has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether the mass settlement ran afoul of federal procedure by setting up a "quasi-class action" that allegedly stripped some plaintiffs of their rights.

The petition, filed Wednesday by several plaintiffs who did not opt into the settlement, known as the Dier plaintiffs, argues that district courts supervising transferred cases as part of multidistrict litigation should not be allowed to...
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