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One View of L'affaire Vioxx

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 10:27 am
by karlhenning

Re: One View of L'affaire Vioxx

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 3:41 pm
by Ralph
karlhenning wrote:Dark Side of the Vioxx
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As a matter of law the jury verdict in the first Vioxx case is unsustainable on appeal. But the ultimate verdict may be large and there are lots of cases, each one forcing Merck to either litigate or settle.

I taught Products Liability for a long time. This kind of case is a "capital case" in the sense that a tort judgment for even one plaintiff may make it economically impossible for a product to be manufactured and sold. There are especially difficult policy questions when using Risk/Benefit assessment for drugs.

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 5:51 pm
by Werner
There was a piece in yesterday's NY Times about the lawyer who represented the claimants in this case. I though of Pizza - wondered how he'd see that one.

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 5:54 pm
by Ralph
Werner wrote:There was a piece in yesterday's NY Times about the lawyer who represented the claimants in this case. I though of Pizza - wondered how he'd see that one.
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Definitely from the plaintiff's viewpoint. :) :)