Judge Carol Higbee set a hearing for Friday on Merck request to ban live broadcasts from the courtroom during the Vioxx product liability trial scheduled to begin September 12, 2005.
The pharmaceutical company filed its Motion asking Judge Higbee to refuse a request by the Court TV cable network to broadcast from inside the courtroom during the trial.
"The risks from broadcasting are particularly acute when -- as here -- there has already been significant media attention to a case," Merck said in court papers.
My comment: She will not allow cameras. If she does, look for the case to settle after jury selection.