Jury selection began in Houston on Tuesday in the latest high-stakes legal battle for Merck … and its first in a federal courtroom.
Evelyn Irvin Plunkett of St. Augustine, Fla., blames Vioxx, the company’s withdrawn painkiller, for the 2001 death of her husband, Richard Irvin. This is the third Vioxx case in a list that exceeds 6,500 filed lawsuits.
This case holds great implications for the Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based drug giant, which enters the courtroom with one win and one loss beneath its belt. Both of Merck’s previous battles were in state courts.