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In in a Florida State Court (Hillsborough County Circut Court) a jury ruled in favor of Merck in the defense of a Vioxx case.
Refik Kozic was the plaintiff in that action. He was known for his major league soccer career, playing for the Tampa Bay Rowdies. According to most reports, Kozic had atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease Kozic had high cholesterol and other risk factors that contributed to the progression of his disease over a long period of time.
Florida Circuit Court Judge William P. Levens presided over the case. This was the first VIOXX case in Florida to go to trial.