Plaintiff Loses Retrial of Federal Court Vioxx Trial

The jury returned a verdict for the defendant today in the retrial of the first federal court Vioxx trial.

A mistrial was declared the first time the case was tried. This time a New Orleans jury went for the defendant.

The lawyer for the plaintiff said that “the biggest problem was Judge Eldon Fallon’s ruling, shortly before the trial, that two of their experts — a cardiologist and a pathologist — could not testify that Vioxx was to blame for Irvin’s heart attack. They were experts in their fields, but not about Vioxx, the judge ruled.”

Read an article about the jury verdict here.

Note that the defense lawyer praised the jury’s decision. Have you ever noticed that corporate America loves juries when they rule for the defendant but rail against them when they rule for a plaintiff?