The jury in the current federal Vioxx trial has returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiff in the amount of $50,000,000. That is for actual damages. The jury will now deliberate on the punitive damages portion of the verdict.
The jury held that Merck was negligent in warning Jerry Barnett and his doctors about the risks of Vioxx.
This brings the Vioxx trial count to five wins for Merck and four losses.