A jury awarded $9 million in punitive damages to John Darby who blamed his heart attacks on Vioxx. The sum is a defeat for drug-maker Merck, which, for some fucking reason, was assumed to be “bulletproof” because the trial took place in New Jersey.
Only 9,650 suits and 19,000 plaintiffs to go. Merck had $6 billion in profits last year.
photo: John McDarby’s wife, facing front, hugged by lawyer after damages awarded.