Judge Orders Vioxx Plaintffs To File Separate Claims

Law360, New York (September 6, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In an effort to simplify and expedite the extensive Vioxx multidistrict litigation against Merck & Co., the federal court judge overseeing the case has decided not to allow unrelated plaintiffs to take legal action together in a joint complaint.

Judge Eldon Fallon of the U.S. District Court in New Orleans on Wednesday reversed his decision allowing unrelated plaintiffs to file jointly, finding that it complicated rather than simplified the administration of the case. He therefore ordered the plaintiffs to file their claims separately.

“In an effort...
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