A group of plaintiffs lawyers have formed a “dream team” to take on Merck in Vioxx litigation. Merck has said it will defend every case individually, but now a group of plaintiffs’ lawyers has said they will band together and will press for a continuous trial schedule so that plaintiffs can get their cases heard. The cases will be heard in state court, outside the federal MDL. One leader of the group is Mark Lanier, lead counsel in the Texas case.
The group says they control some 20,000 cases, only 10% of which have been filed to date.