Wednesday, April 19, 2006

NJ Vioxx Court Update, April 2006

From a recent case management conference:

Judge Higbee is concerned about a mass filing of cases on September 30,2006.
The Judge would prefer that cases a filed in smaller batches,
periodically between now and the September 30, 2006 SOL deadline.

The Court has proposed several measures to expedite future Vioxx
trials, including providing juries with: stipulated calendars and
summarizing key dates.

The Court has expressed interest in addressing stroke and GI-injury
cases on file.

The Court denied Merck's motion to stay the NJ litigation pending
appellate review of the Cona/McDarby decisions.