Appeals Court Overturns $7.75M Vioxx Ruling

Law360, New York (May 14, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A Texas state appellate court has reversed a $7.75 million ruling against Merck & Co. Inc. over painkiller Vioxx, ruling that the plaintiffs failed to show that a pre-existing cardiovascular condition was not the cause of a heart attack that killed a 71-year-old man.

The Texas Fourth Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday that the plaintiffs, Leonel Garza Sr.'s wife and children, failed to offer evidence to exclude Garza's history of heart problems as a reasonable cause of the heart attack that killed him in April...
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