N.J. Court Decision May Herald A Nationwide Trend

Law360, New York (August 7, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- On July 31, 2007, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court affirmed the forum non conveniens dismissal of pharmaceutical product liability claims filed by 95 U.K. plaintiffs in In re Vioxx Litigation, Docket No. A-1731-06T1.

The case involved allegations asserting personal injury claims allegedly caused by defendant Merck & Co., Inc.'s anti-inflammatory medicine, Vioxx. This is a noteworthy forum non conveniens decision that could well have ramifications outside of New Jersey, particularly in other mass tort situations.

The court applied the forum non conveniens...
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