Judge Says British Plaintiffs Must Sue Vioxx At Home

Law360, New York (August 1, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A state appellate court ruled on Wednesday that 98 British plaintiffs could not sue pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. in a New Jersey state court, saying that British citizens who had suffered heart attacks after taking Merck's drug Vioxx must take their cases to the United Kingdom.

The Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey upheld a decision by a lower state court to dismiss the lawsuits on the grounds of forum non conveniens, a doctrine that the appellate judges noted is invoked only...
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