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Academic Commentary
11 Dec 2015
by Mary S. Holland of New York University School of Law
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Guest Columnist Mary S. Holland from the New York University School of Law discusses the legality of censoring speech on vaccines and autism... In a recent guest column, Professors James G. Hodge, Jr. and Doug Campos-Outcalt explore ways to limit presidential candidates' speech about a link between vaccines … [read more]


Student Commentary
7 Apr 2014
by Kristen Swift of Widener University School of Law
edited by Endia Vereen

JURIST Guest Columnist Kristen Swift, Widener University School of Law Class of 2014, discusses Merck & Co.'s NuvaRing settlement and the company's corporate governance policies...Recently, Merck & Co. made a major splash across headlines by offering NuvaRing plaintiff's a $100 million dollar settlement proposal. Is this settlement offer reflective of … [read more]


Student Commentary
22 Mar 2014
by Melissa Brumer of Fordham University School of Law
edited by Endia Vereen

JURIST Guest Columnist Melissa Brumer Fordham University School of Law Class of 2015, discusses the differences in settlement amounts between recent contraceptive lawsuits and argues that Merck may be getting out much more cheaply than its competitors...On Friday, February 7, 2014, Merck & Co., Inc. (Merck) announced its agreement to … [read more]


Student Commentary
5 Mar 2014
by Tara Pakrouh of Widener University School of Law
edited by Endia Vereen

JURIST Guest Columnist Tara Pakrouh, Widener University School of Law Class of 2015, discusses Merck & Co.'s $100 million settlement concerning the corporation's NuvaRing contraceptive device, the board's liability and the fiduciary duties it owes to its shareholders...In a December 2000 email to his colleagues, the Director of US Reproductive … [read more]


Legal News
8 Feb 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Merck & Co. [corporate website] agreed to pay $100 million to settle thousands of lawsuits concerning Merck's NuvaRing [official website] contraceptive device. The lawsuits allege [Bloomberg report] that NuvaRing potentially causes fatal blood clots. The settlement will provide an average payment of over $58,000 per case. This settlement is … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday upheld a money judgment [opinion, PDF] against Pharmacia Corporation for inflating drug prices to Wisconsin Medicaid in violation of Wisconsin Statutes 100.18, the Wisconsin's Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA) and 49.49(4m)(a)2, the Medicaid Fraud Statute [text]. In 2009, a jury awarded the state … [read more]


Legal News
23 Nov 2011
by Jamie Reese

[JURIST] Merck & Co [corporate website] reached a settlement agreement Tuesday with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website], agreeing to pay $950 million in criminal and civil penalties. The agreement [text, PDF] includes $321 million in criminal fines and $628 million in civil fines as well as submitting … [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]


Legal News
27 Apr 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday allowed a suit to proceed against drug maker Merck & Co. [corporate website] over the safety record of its painkiller Vioxx [JURIST news archive]. The court ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously in Merck & Co. v. Reynolds [Cornell LII … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday allowed a suit to proceed against drug maker Merck & Co. [corporate website] over the safety record of its painkiller Vioxx [JURIST news archive]. The court ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously in Merck & Co. v. Reynolds [Cornell LII … [read more]


Legal News
30 Nov 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Monday in two cases. In Graham County Soil & Water Conservation Dist. v. United States ex rel. Wilson [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the Court heard arguments on the scope of … [read more]


Legal News
26 May 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday granted certiorari [orders list, PDF] in Merck & Co. v. Reynolds [docket; cert. petition, PDF], in which the Court will decide when the statute of limitations begins to run in a securities fraud case under the "inquiry notice" standard. Investors brought … [read more]


Legal News
2 Oct 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum [official website] filed a lawsuit [press release] Wednesday against Merck & Co. [corporate website] in support of state agencies that were harmed by Merck's allegedly deceptive marketing campaign promoting its prescription painkiller Vioxx [JURIST news archive]. The lawsuit filed in the US District Court … [read more]


Legal News
11 Sep 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott [official profile] announced [press release] Tuesday that the state has reached a settlement [text, PDF] in a Medicare fraud lawsuit it had brought against drug manufacturer Abbott Laboratories [corporate website]. In the suit [complaint, PDF; press release], Texas had alleged that Abbott Laboratories and … [read more]


Legal News
10 Sep 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reinstated [opinion, PDF] a class-action lawsuit Tuesday against drug maker Merck & Co. [corporate website] over claims relating to its prescription painkiller Vioxx [JURIST news archive]. The lawsuit had been dismissed [JURIST report] by the … [read more]


Legal News
30 May 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] A Texas state appeals court Thursday overturned [press release] a jury verdict against pharmaceutical giant Merck [corporate website] concerning a death allegedly caused by painkiller Vioxx [Merck materials; JURIST news archive]. The Texas Fourteenth Court of Appeals reversed [opinion] a verdict which had awarded $26 million to widow Carol … [read more]


Legal News
20 May 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] Pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. [corporate website] Tuesday agreed to pay $58 million [Pennsylvania AG press release] to settle lawsuits brought by 29 states and the District of Columbia regarding Merck's allegedly deceptive advertising for the painkiller Vioxx [Merck materials; JURIST news archive]. Under the settlement, Merck agreed to … [read more]


Legal News
14 May 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] A Texas appeals court Wednesday overturned [opinion text] a jury verdict [JURIST report] that found pharmaceutical giant Merck [corporate website] liable for the death of a 71-year-old man who died from a heart attack within a month of taking Merck's painkiller Vioxx [Merck Vioxx Information Center website; JURIST news … [read more]


Legal News
8 Feb 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] New Jersey pharmaceutical manufacturer Merck [corporate website] has agreed to pay $671 million to settle claims [press release, PDF] that it defrauded Medicaid and improperly marketed three of its drugs to doctors, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The settlement [PDF text] stems from two separate lawsuits filed in Philadelphia and … [read more]


Legal News
9 Nov 2007
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. [corporate website] said Friday that it has agreed to pay $4.85 billion to settle all pending lawsuits [press release] regarding Merck's marketing and distribution of the painkiller Vioxx [Merck materials; JURIST news archive]. The settlement requires 85 percent of the 47,000 plaintiffs in 27,000 … [read more]

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