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Judge Tosses $50M Award in Vioxx Case

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By Admin on August 31, 2006 8:39 AM

A federal judge threw out a $50 million compensatory damage award and ordered a new trial on damages after an August 17th jury verdict held Vioxx manufacturer Merck & Co. liable for failing to warn doctors about the dangers of Vioxx. The verdict will stand, but the judge found the amount of the award (given to a retired FBI agent who suffered a heart attack after taling Vioxx) to be "grossly excessive" under the circumstances of the case.