FORT MYERS, Fla., Jan. 24 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network …

FORT MYERS, Fla., Jan. 24 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network — This Thursday, the largest class action lawsuit in the history of mankind will begin. On January 27, downtown Fort Myers will engage a sea of black limousines and an army of attorneys as they make their way up the steps of the United States Courthouse and Federal Building, where seven federal judges, flown in from around the country, will
form a multi-district litigation (MDL) panel in the Vioxx legal proceedings
against Merck & Co.

Fort Myers is no stranger to this level of excitement. In 1997, the MDL
proceedings for the nationwide Fen-Phen trial against Wyeth were also held
here. At that time, Viles & Beckman, P.A., the local Fort Myers law firm, was
highly involved in the trial, representing hundreds of Fen-Phen victims, and
fortunate enough to be named lead counsel for the state of Florida.

On January 27, Viles & Beckman, P.A. will again be monitoring the pretrial
proceedings closely, the outcome of which could prove crucial in determining
the course of future Vioxx cases against the pharmaceutical giant. They
currently have close to 1,000 signed Vioxx cases, and have an excellent chance
of being named lead counsel for the state of Florida once again, due to their
extensive expertise in defective drug product litigation.

The class action lawsuit filed by Viles & Beckman, P.A. asks Merck for
free ongoing health monitoring and care for those who have taken Vioxx in
addition to monetary compensation for medical bills, punitive damages, and
pain and suffering. If you or a family member has experienced a heart attack,
stroke, or a death while taking Vioxx, contact Viles & Beckman, P.A. at
1-800-64-VILES or . Remember, you do have
rights but justice is not automatic.

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