Vioxx Lawsuit - Merck &
Company Trial Beginning in Heart Attack Case
November 29th 2005
The case was
brought by the widow of the 53 year old Richard “Dicky” Irvin who
took Vioxx for a month to alleviate back pain. Originally the case
venue was New Orleans but has been moved to Houston because of the
damage from Hurricane Katrina.
The goal of the
lawyers representing Evelyn Plunkett is to prove that Vioxx led to
the death of her husband in May of 2001. The defense claims that
Dicky was in very good health before taking Vioxx.
to court fillings, claims that the diseased took the painkiller for
too short a time. The company says they are not responsible for the
death. Lawyers for Evelyn maintain that the companies own research
shows that adverse cardiovascular effects can occur in as little as
The jury was
chosen in less than two hours today. Four women and five men have
been chosen of which three are alternates. This is the first
Federal case to make it to trial. Over 20 million Americans had
used Vioxx and the company faces some 7,000 state and federal
lawsuits with a potential of billions of dollars in damages.
yesterday that they plan to lay off 7,000 employees and close five
factories. Half of the cuts will be here in the US and it
represents approximately 11% of their worldwide workforce. They are
hoping to save 4 billion dollars in this move.
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