Effort to Delay First Vioxx Trial Rejected

Merck tried – and failed – to postpone the first Vioxx trial. The case will be tried starting next week in rural Texas courtroom.

Merck said they sought a continuance because of pre-trial publicity. The judge said he would not grant a continuance before looking responses to the jury questionaires.

Merck had earlier agreed in writing that it would not seek a continuance except for illness of one of its lead counsel. Oh well.