Judge Rules Vioxx Claims Should Be Tried Separately

Law360 (November 23, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co Inc. will not face a nationwide class action suit over wrongful death and personal injury claims stemming from the use of Merck’s blockbuster painkiller Vioxx, a federal judge in New Orleans has ruled.

Last Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon signed a 25-page Order & Reasons denying the plaintiffs’ request to certify a nationwide class of personal injury and wrongful death claimants who contended Vioxx harmed them.

The practical effect of Judge Fallon’s ruling will be a migration of cases from...
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