Jury Deadlocks In Two California Vioxx Cases

Law360, New York (January 19, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Jurors have failed to reach a unanimous decision in two product liability cases alleging that Merck & Co.’s controversial painkiller Vioxx induced heart attacks.

A California state superior judge proclaimed a mistrial in the cases on Thursday after 12 jurors hearing both cases in Los Angeles court deadlocked 7-5 following seven days of deliberations.

Both plaintiffs—Lawrence Appell of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Rudolph Arrigale of Westminster, Calif.—filed suits against Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based Merck over the painkiller, which they claimed led to their heart attacks.

The jurors in...
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