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7 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A British warship sailing in the Mediterranean Sea launched a mission on Sunday to rescue over 500 migrants stranded at sea, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) [official website] said in a statement. A Royal Navy helicopter has found four migrant vessels in need of assistance so far. It was … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment; press release] 13-4 on Tuesday that the UK did not violate international law in regards to the capture and detention of Iraqi national Tarek Hassan. Hassan was captured in 2003 by UK forces and detained at Camp Bucca … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] on Tuesday ruled in favor of Merck & Co. [corporate website] in a lawsuit filed by the state of Louisiana over reimbursements for the prescription painkiller Vioxx [JURIST news archive]. Louisiana had argued that … [read more]


Academic Commentary
19 Mar 2008

JURIST Contributing Editor Mary Ellen O'Connell of Notre Dame Law School says that five years after the invasion of Iraq, with talk of a new war with Iran circulating in Washington, the United States would do well to reflect on the grave and unfortunate consequences of flouting international law... On … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jun 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] US District Judge Eldon E. Fallon of the US Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] Tuesday modified his 2006 ruling [JURIST report] that rejected a $51 million jury award [JURIST report] against pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. [corporate website], offering the plaintiff $600,000 in compensatory damages and $1 million … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2006
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] A federal jury in New Orleans returned a verdict [Merck press release] in favor of pharmaceutical giant Merck [corporate website] Wednesday, concluding that the company did not fail to adequately warn a Tennessee man's doctors about risks associated with the painkiller Vioxx [Merck Vioxx Information Center website; JURIST news … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] A federal judge in New Orleans Wednesday rejected [order, PDF] a bid to have all federal lawsuits [consolidated litigation website] against Merck & Co. [corporate website] brought in connection with the withdrawn painkiller Vioxx [JURIST news archive] consolidated in a single national class action against the company. US District … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2006
by Robert DeVries

[JURIST] A federal jury sitting in New Orleans ruled Wednesday that Merck & Co. [corporate website], makers of the painkiller Vioxx [JURIST news archive] that was withdrawn from the market [Merck announcement] after it was found to expose users to increased risk of heart attack and stroke, was not liable … [read more]


Legal News
27 Sep 2006
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] A federal jury in Louisiana found Merck [corporate website] not liable [Merck statement] Tuesday for the heart attack of plaintiff Robert Garry Smith after he took the company's painkiller Vioxx [Merck Vioxx Information Center website; JURIST news archive] for about four months in late 2002 and early 2003. Merck … [read more]


Legal News
30 Aug 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] US District Judge Eldon E. Fallon of the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] on Wednesday threw out a jury verdict holding Merck [corporate website] liable for $50 million in compensatory damages [JURIST report] to a retired FBI agent who claimed Merck's painkiller Vioxx [Merck Vioxx Information Center website; … [read more]


Academic Commentary
6 Feb 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Carl Tobias of the University of Richmond School of Law says Merck faces new legal difficulties as a retrial of the first federal Vioxx case begins... The retrial of the first federal Vioxx case begins Monday with jury selection. In December a jury deadlocked after deliberating for … [read more]


Legal News
12 Dec 2005
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the judge in the first federal Vioxx [JURIST news archive] case has declared a mistrial. The jury reported over the weekend that it was deadlocked, but US District Judge Eldon Fallon had urged them to resume their deliberations [JURIST report].10:28 AM ET - Judge Fallon … [read more]


Legal News
11 Dec 2005
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] A deadlocked federal jury in a Texas Vioxx case [JURIST report] will resume its deliberations Monday after informing US District Judge Eldon Fallon on Saturday that it could not reach a unanimous verdict about whether Merck & Co.’s [corporate website] Vioxx [JURIST news archive] painkiller caused Richard Irvin’s heart … [read more]


Legal News
29 Nov 2005
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] The first federal Vioxx trial, in which Evelyn Irvin Plunkett is suing pharmaceutical giant Merck [corporate website] for the death of husband Richard “Dicky” Irvin of a heart attack in May 2001, began Tuesday with an opening statement from Plunkett’s lawyer, who told jurors that Irvin died as a … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2005
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] Trial preparations commenced Thursday in federal court in Houston for the first federal civil trial involving the Merck-manufactured Vioxx [JURIST news archive] painkiller. Earlier this month, New Orleans-based US District Judge Eldon Fallon, charged with managing the hundreds of federal civil suits involving the withdrawn prescription drug, decided to … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2005
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] The New Orleans-based federal judge charged with co-ordinating [JURIST report] the approximately 1800 pending federal lawsuits relating to the withdrawal of the painkiller Vioxx [JURIST news archive] from pharmacists' shelves last year has ruled that the first federal trial against Vioxx-manufacturer Merck will take place in Houston beginning November … [read more]


Legal News
1 Sep 2005
by Jamie Sterling

[JURIST] Among many other things, Hurricane Katrina has devastated the legal system [AP report] in New Orleans, causing major disruption of legal services across the state of Louisiana and beyond. The storm has interrupted business in local courts [US District Court bulletin], including the state Supreme Court, although the extent … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] began pre-trial hearings [Pretrail Order #1, PDF] Friday, launching the federal liability case against Merck & Co. [official website], producers of the painkilling product Vioxx [Vioxx consumer information]. Dozens of lawyers, handling over one thousand lawsuits, entered … [read more]


Legal News
16 Feb 2005
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] The federal Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation [official website] Wednesday assigned all pending Vioxx product liability lawsuits [JPML transfer order, PDF] to Judge Eldon Fallon of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] in New Orleans. Judge Fallon will coordinate discovery and other pretrial … [read more]

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