As Vioxx Deadline Looms, Merck Faces More Suits

Law360, New York (September 26, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. may be plunged into even deeper hot water in the next few days over its painkiller Vioxx, as plaintiffs attorneys rush to file additional lawsuits ahead of a September 30 deadline.

John David Hart, a Fort Worth plaintiffs attorney, said in a statement on Tuesday that he will file at least 22 new Vioxx claims in state and federal courts in Texas and throughout the United States before the statute of limitations expires on Saturday.

Texas law mandates that all Vioxx...
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