Merck filed papers with the SEC that indicated that as 10/6/06:
There were 23,800 Vioxx lawsuits, with 41,750 individuals, and more than 14,700 claims have been filed under the MDL's "File and Stay" agreement with Merck.
Nearly 7,600 Vioxx claims were filed in or transferred to the MDL in New Orleans;
13,750 Vioxx lawsuits have been filed before Judge Higbee in a NJ State Court;
Merck took a charge of $598 million for Vioxx legal expenses on top of the $685 million it had previously set aside for litigation reserves.