Merck-Medco Dropped From Vioxx ERISA Litigation

Law360 (April 24, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Merck & Co.'s pharmacy benefits management subsidiary has been dropped from multidistrict securities litigation filed under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act over the drugmaker's shelved painkiller Vioxx.

The plaintiffs submitted a stipulation of dismissal Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, dropping without prejudice the remaining communication claim against Merck-Medco Managed Care LLC.

William Bernarduci, a partner with Izard Nobel LLP representing the plaintiffs, said Friday that they agreed to dismiss the company because the court had earlier declined to...
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