Merck Ducks Missouri Vioxx Claims Linked To Settlements

Law360, New York (April 24, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT) -- A Louisiana federal judge on Monday prevented plaintiffs in a $220 million Vioxx class action in Missouri against Merck & Co. Inc. from pursuing damages over product liability claims that were already resolved in multidistrict litigation settlements.

Taking the rare step of intervening in a state court proceeding, U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon said the strategy that the Missouri plaintiffs were using encroached on the MDL settlements.

Expert calculations in the plaintiffs' damages in the Missouri suit, which total $220 million, included all prescriptions issued,...
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