--snip-- Drug giant Merck & Co. Inc. has suffered a severe setback in the first of thousands of lawsuits in the United States and Canada as a Texas jury awarded more than $253-million (U.S.) to the family of a man who died after taking the company's Vioxx painkiller.-- snip--
Ouch! $253million!? There are still thousands of lawsuits pending. I'm not sure why there are soo many individual suits and not a single class action suit. Will there be anything left of the company to sue after they settle the first few claims?
I don't know what the particulars of this case are, but I have no problem with a company being sued into oblivian if it is found to have deliberately have concealed dangers of their product (drug companies, tobacco companies). This is the check and the balance on the "big, bad corporations".