Vioxx MDL Attys Shut Out Of $950M DOJ Settlement

Law360, New York (January 6, 2012, 2:40 PM EST) -- The plaintiffs' attorneys in multidistrict litigation over Merck & Co.'s painkiller Vioxx on Tuesday failed to convince a Louisiana federal judge that they should get part of a separate $950 million settlement between Merck, the federal government and several states that was negotiated outside the MDL.

The plaintiffs' steering committee asked U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon in November to put a chunk of the settlement in escrow for common benefit attorneys' fees. Specifically, the committee asked for 6.5 percent of the individual state settlements Merck is...
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