June 6, 2007
by Michael Sung
US District Judge Eldon E. Fallon of the US Eastern District of Louisiana Tuesday modified his 2006 ruling that rejected a $51 million jury award against pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co., offering the plaintiff $600,000 in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages. The plaintiff... ...[read more]
November 22, 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts
A federal judge in New Orleans Wednesday rejected a bid to have all federal lawsuits against Merck & Co. brought in connection with the withdrawn painkiller Vioxx consolidated in a single national class action against the company. US District Judge Eldon Fallon, who is responsible for co- ...[read more]
August 30, 2006
by Jaime Jansen
US District Judge Eldon E. Fallon of the Eastern District of Louisiana on Wednesday threw out a jury verdict holding Merck liable for $50 million in compensatory damages to a retired FBI agent who claimed Merck's painkiller Vioxx caused his heart attack. Fallon called the jury award... ...[read more]
February 6, 2006
by JURIST Staff
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 ...[read more]
December 12, 2005
by Bernard Hibbitts
AP is reporting that the judge in the first federal Vioxx 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 .10:28 AM ET- Judge Fallon has said he will meet with lawyers from ...[read more]
December 11, 2005
by Jaime Jansen
A deadlocked federal jury in a Texas Vioxx case 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 Vioxx painkiller caused Richard Irvin’s heart attack and subsequent ...[read more]
September 29, 2005
by Greg Sampson
Trial preparations commenced Thursday in federal court in Houston for the first federal civil trial involving the Merck-manufactured Vioxx painkiller. Earlier this month, New Orleans-based US District Judge Eldon Fallon, charged with managing the hundreds of federal civil suits involving the ...[read more]
September 17, 2005
by Bernard Hibbitts
The New Orleans-based federal judge charged with co-ordinating the approximately 1800 pending federal lawsuits relating to the withdrawal of the painkiller Vioxx from pharmacists' shelves last year has ruled that the first federal trial against Vioxx-manufacturer Merck will take place in ...[read more]
March 18, 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco
The US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana began pre-trial hearings Friday, launching the federal liability case against Merck & Co., producers of the painkilling product Vioxx. Dozens of lawyers, handling over one thousand lawsuits, entered the courtroom before Judge Eldon ...[read more]
February 16, 2005
by Jeannie Shawl
The federal Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation Wednesday assigned all pending Vioxx product liability lawsuits to Judge Eldon Fallon of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans. Judge Fallon will coordinate discovery and other pretrial proceedings in ...[read more]

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