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Judge grants new trial in Vioxx case

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U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon has ruled that Merck is entitled to a new trial on the question of damages for a retired F.B.I. agent that had a heart attack after taking their pain killer, Vioxx. A jury had previously awarded $50 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages. Judge Fallon ruled that the compensatory award was “grossly excessive.