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Monday, May 1st 2006

No Defense for Vioxx Lawsuits

From the Washington Post via Point of Law (a blog I read with increasing frequency).

“Whenever Merck was up there, it was like wah, wah, wah,” one juror told the Wall Street Journal. “We didn’t know what the heck they were talking about.”

The cited Wall Street Journal article is from the 2005 Texas verdict. The description of the case by the Washington Post is just disgusting.

Knowing that one juror loved Oprah Winfrey, [Defense Attorney Mark Lanier] insinuated that finding Merck liable might qualify her to appear on television. “I can’t promise Oprah,” he said artfully, but “there are going to be a lot of people who’ll want to know how you had the courage to do it.”

Courage like a sheep.