Merck Ordered To Turn Over Docs In Vioxx MDL

Law360, New York (October 9, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey federal judge on Friday ordered Merck & Co. to hand over purportedly privileged documents produced for government investigations concerning Vioxx — a partial discovery win for multidistrict litigation plaintiffs accusing the company of inflating its stock through misrepresentations about the recalled arthritis medication.

In a letter opinion, U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor agreed with the plaintiffs that based on the Third Circuit's 1991 opinion in Westinghouse Electric Corp. v. Republic of Philippines, they are entitled to documents that Merck provided to the...
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