Judge Rejects $50M Award In Vioxx Case

Law360, New York (August 30, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the $50 million in compensatory damages awarded to a former FBI agent who suffered a heart attack while taking Vioxx was “grossly excessive,” and that drug maker Merck & Co. Inc. was entitled to a new trial on damages.

"While the plaintiff may be experiencing a decrease in energy, it appears that he has been able to return to many of his daily activities,” Judge Eldon E. Fallon wrote. “Therefore, no reasonable jury could have found that the plaintiff’s losses...
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