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Merck Wins Reversal of $32 Million Texas Vioxx Jury Verdict

Merck & Co. doesn’t have to pay a $32 million jury award to the family of former user of the company’s Vioxx painkiller who died of a heart attack, the Texas Supreme Court ruled.

The court today said the family of Leonel Garza didn’t produce adequate evidence showing Vioxx caused the heart attack, meaning the 2006 verdict must be thrown out. Merck, the second biggest U.S. drugmaker, agreed in 2007 to pay $4.85 billion to settle thousands of injury claims over the drug.