A VIOXX TEAM UPDATE . . . As I was preparing for a Vioxx hearing this morning, I noticed that 3,500 individual lawsuits have been filed nationwide, according the news out of the MDL. Reports vary, however--an article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the first Vioxx trial next month puts the number at only 2,400 cases filed.
Anyway you slice it, we've been awfully busy in St. Louis, where the Vioxx Team has already filed lawsuits on behalf of about 800 individual plaintiffs. That's a pretty good percentage of the total number of cases filed nationwide, but I suspect it's merely because we're a little ahead of some other big groups in filing our cases. A year from now, Merck will be facing many, many more lawsuits than it is today.
As I said last week, there's just no good news for Merck. Not to gloat, however: as always happens in these mass torts, the tides will turn before everything is said and done, then turn again. My collected Vioxx posts are here.