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Former Merck CEO Agrees To Testify In New Jersey Vioxx Trial

As reported by the Associated Press, former Merck Chairman and Chief Executive Raymond Gilmartin has agreed to a request by the plaintiff lawyer that he testify at a Vioxx trial set to begin in Atlantic City late this month. Quotes from the article:

Plaintiff lawyer Mark Lanier said he requested Gilmartin’s presence and intends to call him because “when you have to look a jury in the eye it is harder to fudge.”

Lanier won the first Vioxx trial last summer. Since then, Merck has won a case while the third ended in a mistrial. A fourth case started in Texas earlier this month.

The upcoming trial in New Jersey is slated to combine two plaintiffs, each a man who suffered a nonfatal heart attack after taking Vioxx for more than 18 months. Lanier represents one of the men.

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

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