10 Stand-Out Firms Win Industry's Confidence

Law360, New York (July 10, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- For health care companies, lawsuits have always been a cost of doing business. But as the stakes get higher in cut-throat litigation, that cost could very well become the business itself.

Just ask Merck & Co. By some counts, the company is now facing more than 13,000 lawsuits across the country related to its Vioxx pain treatment. With three losses so far, including a jury award of $253 million, the brand-name drug maker is vowing to fight back each lawsuit one by one.

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