Merck Will Look At Claims Before Shelling Out $4.85B

Law360, New York (November 9, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Drug giant Merck & Co., Inc.. will make out the checks in its $4.85 billion settlement over its once blockbuster painkiller Vioxx much the same way it said it would litigate the 26,000 lawsuits it faced – one by one.

In its agreement with plaintiffs attorneys to settle the cases of more than 45,000 plaintiffs Friday, Merck set up a system to pay claims according to a plaintiff's health condition prior to the alleged injury, their age and how long they had been taking the drug,...
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