Dateline 9/19/2008 -Vioxx Settlement FAQ online. More

After more than five years of hard-fought and difficult litigation, Merck has agreed to pay $4.85 billion, the largest pharmaceutical settlement in history, to resolve certain Vioxx-related claims involving plaintiffs who suffered a heart attack (including sudden cardiac death) or a stroke. Beasley Allen’s Andy Birchfield and his Vioxx team of lawyers – Benjamin LocklarP. Leigh O’Dell, and W. Roger Smith, III — played an integral role in the development of the Settlement Program and in Merck agreeing to settle these cases.

Mr. Birchfield is known nationwide as one of the leading Vioxx lawyers. He is Co-Lead Counsel of the coordinated Vioxx MDL litigation in New Orleans, and he is one of the few attorneys in the country that has tried a Vioxx case before a jury. He is one of only two lawyers nationwide who has tried Vioxx cases in both state and federal courts.

The Settlement Program will settle the claims of thousands of qualified claimants who suffered a heart attack, ischemic stroke, or sudden cardiac death resulting from Vioxx. The settlement funds will be allocated among thousands of qualifying claims based upon an evaluation of each Qualifying Claimant’s medical records by a Claims Administrator. We feel the Settlement Program is fair and that it provides qualifying clients the ability to be compensated for their injuries in the foreseeable future, rather than competing for a trial date with the thousands of other Vioxx cases pending nationally.

Details regarding the Settlement Program, including eligibility and qualification requirements, may be accessed by clicking on the following links:

Press Release
Master Settlement Agreement
Master Settlement Agreement – With Exhibits
Description of Settlement Program
Examples of Claim Valuation Calculations

Client Information

If you are currently a Beasley Allen Vioxx client, click here to contact us with questions regarding the settlement.

If you are a current Beasley Allen Vioxx client who suffered a Vioxx-related heart attack, ischemic stroke, or sudden cardiac death claim, you will be receiving a package of materials outlining the details of the Settlement Program. Please review the materials and sign and return the requested document immediately.

If you have not received the package by Thursday, November 15, 2007, please contact us.

To help understand the settlement, we have created an online settlement calculator.

To the extent we need additional information from you, we will contact you. If you have questions after reviewing the packet of materials, please call us at (800) 898-2034, or e-mail us your question at Be sure to include your Client ID Number in your e-mail.

If you are a current Beasley Allen Vioxx client and you suffered from injuries other than heart attack, ischemic stroke, or sudden cardiac death, we will contact you in the immediate future regarding your claim.

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