Vioxx Appeal Imperils Merck MDL Deals, 5th Circ. Hears

Law360, New York (August 10, 2012, 7:38 PM EDT) -- The Product Liability Advisory Council Inc. warned the Fifth Circuit on Thursday that allowing plaintiffs in a $220 million class action against Merck & Co. Inc. to pursue certain Vioxx product liability claims would threaten the permanence of multidistrict litigation settlements.

In an amicus curiae brief supporting Merck, PLAC asserted a Louisiana federal court had been right to stop a pair of Missouri plaintiffs from pursuing damages over claims that had already been resolved in MDL settlements. PLAC argued that the district court was well within...
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