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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
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
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
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
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]


Legal News
17 Sep 2007
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg [official websites] Monday filed a joint lawsuit [press release] against pharmaceutical giant Merck [corporate website], alleging that the company misrepresented known dangers associated with arthritis drug Vioxx [Merck materials; JURIST news archive], causing millions of taxpayer … [read more]


Legal News
6 Sep 2007
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] The New Jersey Supreme Court [official website] dismissed a class action lawsuit [case documents] filed against pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. [corporate website] Thursday, reversing a lower court's decision to grant nationwide class certification in the case. The lawsuit, filed by the International Union of Operating Engineers [union website] … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jul 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The New Jersey Superior Court [official website] on Tuesday affirmed a lower court decision that New Jersey is not an appropriate forum [opinion, PDF] for 98 English and Welsh plaintiffs to proceed with personal injury lawsuits against the New Jersey-based pharmaceutical giant Merck [corporate website]. The court held that … [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
13 Apr 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] A New Jersey federal judge dismissed a class action brought by investors of Merck & Co. [corporate website] Thursday, ruling that the suit was filed after the statute of limitations had run [Merck press release]. The investors had said that Merck had deliberately concealed information from them about the … [read more]

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