Jury Rules Merck Not Liable for Heart Attack Death

A New Jersey state jury finds that drug maker Merck isn't liable for the 2001 heart attack suffered by a man taking its Vioxx painkiller. The jury clears Merck of allegations it failed to warn consumers and doctors about the drug's risks.

The ruling is a major victory in Merck's legal battle over Vioxx. In August, a Texas jury found the company liable in a Vioxx user's death. The company still faces more than 6,500 similar lawsuits, which Merck said Thursday it plans to fight one by one.

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