Thanks to Evan @ his blog www.legalunderground.com for in turn directing me to Beldarblog. There is a well done post as to the Verdict in Vioxx rendered in a Texas town last week.
You can go here to read more. One timely comment that no one (no one at Fox News, or CNN, or MSNBC has bothered to air) is this:
"Brazoria County is still generally regarded as one of the more pro-personal injury plaintiff venues in Texas, but considerably less so now than it was, say, 20 years ago. The entire state has become less pro-plaintiff over that time period; the state-court trial judges there, like most other places in the state now, have mostly been appointed by Republican governors and/or elected as Republicans. " Thus the battle in the battle in that first Vioxx trial was largely won in the trenches - for example, when the Judge allowed the testimony of the coroner to be admitted.
Another article in the WSJ today (Section D) written by James Stewart boldly says what I suggested in my August 6th post : Merck should have settled.
More tomorrow from the MDL hearing in New Orleans.