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Montgomery, Alabama (April 18, 2005) – Jere Beasley, founder and senior partner of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles in Montgomery, Alabama reviewed The New York Times story published yesterday. According to the article Merck requested dismissal of the first Vioxx personal injury lawsuit scheduled to come to trial. He provided the following comments regarding Merck’s attempt to derail the trial.

“Merck is thumbing it’s nose at the justice system, and trying to pull a rabbit out of a hat by questioning the veracity of Cheryl Rogers whose husband, Howard, died at age 42 as a direct result of taking Vioxx,” Beasley says.

“Merck’s claims are unfounded and are a desperate attempt to avoid a day in court for a victim’s family, and account for a drug that is responsible for thousands of deaths. In my opinion, they are trying to force us out of the case by making a most serious accusation against our client.

“Clinical tests have shown Vioxx is a terribly dangerous drug. It has killed literally thousands of unsuspecting victims who trusted the company and who had no idea that Vioxx caused heart attacks and strokes. FDA safety officer Dr. David Graham testified to Congress that taking Vioxx caused over 40,000 deaths.

“Merck has lied to the federal government (FDA) – medical doctors – and the public and frankly I wouldn’t put anything past them at this point in time. If Merck would threaten a major University such as Stanford because one of its professors blew the whistle on Vioxx – they are capable of anything.

“The key issue in the Rogers case is: Did Brad Rogers take Vioxx and did it kill him? We have evidence to prove that he was taking Vioxx before his death. An autopsy proved that the drug caused his death. What more do I need to say?

“We know from medical records of Mr. Rogers that he was prescribed Vioxx and that he took Vioxx on a regular basis before his death. We will prove our case in the courtroom.

“Merck is desperate,” Mr. Beasley says. “Merck knows it could lose billions of dollars in Vioxx lawsuits and with that much at stake, they are obviously trying to undermine this case to impact other cases that follow.”

“Well, their ‘domino theory’ won’t work!” My message to Merck is pretty simple – I will see them in Clay County!”

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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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