A blow to Merck in the Vioxx trial. “There were fireworks in the courtroom this morning as Superior Court Judge Carol Higbee came down hard on Merck’s legal team for trying to get around court rules on testimony.

The day before, the plaintiff’s attorney, Chris Seeger, made a motion to strike some testimony from Merck’s lead witness, Briggs Morrison, a vice president for research. Seeger argued Morrison went too far in discussing the results of certain Vioxx studies, since he was not sworn in as an expert witness.

In issuing her ruling on the motion this morning, the normally mild-mannered judge turned red-faced. She said she stayed in her chambers late last night to review transpcripts of the testimony and relevant case law, and came to the conclusion Merck’s legal team allowed Morrison to go too far in his testimony.”

Ted Frank analyzes what this means.

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  • Anonymous

    I’m shocked that Dr. Kevin would allow Ted Frank and his right-wing organiztion to post sich total trash. It is beyond dispute that Vioxx causes blood clots and the resulting injuries. All Merck is trying to do is not spin the data so they look good while they killed more than 100,000 real live people in the name of corporate greed. Us real Americans have had enough. Please give us a break and speak the truth or shut up. We are tired of either being lied to or givenm the mushroom treatment where disclosure only happens at about the time the jury is going to decide. Why else do you think Merck made the disclosure of the association of heart attacks and strokes to Vioxx on 9/30/04? Cause a jury was set to decide the case a few weeks from then !!!

  • Anonymous

    “All Merck is trying to do is not spin the data so they look good while they killed more than 100,000 real live people in the name of corporate greed”

    Thank God Vioxx is off the market, I won’t have to worry about young people dying of heart disease anymore, even if they smoke, do cocaine, or weigh 250 lbs, all less risky then taking a cox-2 for a month.

  • Anonymous

    Always enjoyable to read Ted’s double standards. Nice attack on the judge as well.

    He continues to be an effective advocate for his client. Oh, you didn’t know Ted has represented Merck? I can’t believe he didn’t mention that.

  • Anonymous

    “Oh, you didn’t know Ted has represented Merck? I can’t believe he didn’t mention that.”

    Let me guess. You’re a shark. And you’ve represented “the little guy” against big companies. “So it’ll never happen to anyone else, ever again”. Not your persnal greed. I can’t believe you didn’t mention that.