Cause For Optimism About Civil Litigation

Apparently Merck is faring pretty well in Vioxx cases. Merck has "chosen to throw evidence at its current situation, not money for settlements," and it's paying off: they've only lost 4 of 20 cases so far. Many of them are being dismissed with prejudice. This will hopefully embolden innocent defendants and make greedy attorneys think twice about bringing frivolous lawsuits.

I think there are probably steps that can be taken to improve the current system, but it appears that at least when the stakes are high and defendants stand their ground when the evidence is on their side, the system can work pretty well.

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