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.