Illinois Jury Hands Merck A Win

Law360, New York (March 27, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Vioxx, Merck & Co. Inc.’s suspended arthritis medication, did not cause a woman’s fatal heart attack, an Illinois jury decided on Tuesday, two weeks after another jury ordered the drug maker to pay $47.5 million in a similar case.

Frank Schwaller, who sued Merck following his 52-year-old wife’s death in August 2003, did not receive any damages, the company said. Schwaller’s wife, Patricia, had been taking Vioxx for almost two years when she had a heart attack and died.

“The evidence showed that Merck acted responsibly...
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