Critics Say Lawyer Provision Of Vioxx Deal Is Unethical

Law360, New York (March 25, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Several attorneys and other legal experts have raised ethical questions over a provision under the $4.85 billion Vioxx settlement that forces lawyers to withdraw from representing plaintiffs who decide not to participate in the deal.

Under the deal reached in November, attorneys for plaintiffs must recommend the settlement to 100% of their clients. If any of the clients turn down the deal, the lawyers are prohibited from representing them, absent extraordinary circumstances.

Some critics of the deal claim the provision violates professional ethics rules under which...
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