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Florida Jury Hands Vioxx Win To Merck

Law360 (October 5, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Merck & Co. dodged a bullet in a Florida case on Friday when a circuit court jury found that the pharmaceutical giant's painkiller Vioxx was not responsible for a former professional soccer player's heart attack.

After a three-week trial in the Circuit Court of Hillsborough County, Florida, a six-member jury decided that Merck was in the clear on all counts, including claims that the company had concealed safety risks associated with the medicine.

56-year-old Refic Kozic, a former soccer player with the Tampa Bay Rowdies and...
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