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Montgomery, Alabama (August 17, 2006) – A New Orleans jury in the second Multi-District Litigation (MDL) trial has awarded a $50 million compensatory damage verdict and a $1 million punitive damage verdict against Merck. Andy Birchfield of the Beasley Allen firm served as co-counsel along with Mark Robinson of Robinson Calcagnie & Robinson during the trial of this matter. The case involved a retired FBI agent who suffered a heart attack after using Vioxx.

Andy serves as co-lead counsel for the MDL and has been involved in each of the trials that have occurred in the MDL. Andy indicated that he was very pleased with the verdict and praised the jury for their hard work. The New Orleans based jury found that Merck had negligently and fraudulently misrepresented the potential heart attack risk associated with its drug Vioxx. The jury further found that the dangers associated with Vioxx were the cause of our client’s subsequent heart attack.

Our firm is very pleased with the verdict and we wish to congratulate all of the members of our firm who worked so diligently to bring about this outcome. The Beasley Allen law firm has several hundred pending Vioxx cases and we expect to begin our next Vioxx trial within the next three weeks.

About Beasley Allen
Headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama, Beasley Allen is comprised of over 45 attorneys and 200 support staff. Beasley Allen is a national leader in civil litigation, having settled verdicts and settlements amounting to nearly $15 billion.

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