“Get your million dollars from Vioxx lawsuit”

by Walter Olson on November 15, 2004

That’s the banner headline of a website promoting litigation over the now-withdrawn arthritis drug. (William F. Hammond, Jr., “Merck Faces Flood of Vioxx Lawsuits After Drug Recall”, New York Sun, Oct. 27)($)(reprinted here, PDF)(I’m cited in article too). Here are some more highlights from the website in question:

…Experts estimate the class action lawsuit will award $5 billion, 50% of which will go to the top 1000 sufferers, or $2.5 million per person. Get your share. It is the easiest way to become a millionaire. (In 1997, the recall of a couple of diet therapies by Wyeth resulted in $16 billion so far paid out in claims) If you have heard of Million Dollar Awards from Tobacco Lawsuits, Vioxx cases are easier to win….

Lacking in symptoms? Don’t despair:

The chance of winning is much greater, if you had any heart attack in your medical record. Small heart attacks are untraceable. Many have this record without ever detected by doctors.

Lacking in any evidence that you ever took the drug? Hope is on the way:

We will show you how to prove you had taken Vioxx, to prove that you had related side effects, and to find a good lawyer to win your case. There are still places selling Vioxx after the recall, you can find them online. Merck is still 100% fully responsible for any side effect. If you purchase Vioxx now, not only you can sue Merck, you can also sue the pharmacy store for selling recalled products. The purchase is risk free, as Merck will pay you every penny you spend on Vioxx including tax and shipping fees.

The website’s sponsorship is not immediately apparent; though it is chock-full of Google ads for law firms, we saw no indication that it was itself posted by a member of the legal profession, though we may have overlooked something. A second page proposes that readers pay $100 to purchase a document if you “want to know something that no Vioxx Class Action Lawsuit Lawyers will ever tell you, want to get a bigger share of the award”. Remember, “Vioxx Lawsuit is the easiest way to make you a millionaire.” More: Nov. 18, Dec. 22.

{ 7 comments }

1 Coyote Blog 11.15.04 at 12:25 am

Jackpot Litigation

For those who still hold out belief that the tort system today is still primarily about justice rather than just hijacking deep pockets, read this post at overlawyered.com.We will show you how to prove you had taken Vioxx, to prove

2 f/k/a . . . . 11.15.04 at 10:57 am

vioxx con dios

The get your million dollars vioxx lawsuit website is featured at Overlawyered and RiskProf today, “Everyone who pontificates (one way or the other)

3 A Stitch in Haste 11.15.04 at 12:18 pm

COX-2 Update: “Heart Attack for an Ulcer”

The plaintiff’s bar must not be allowed to rewrite the law regarding defective drug design by misstating the nature of pharmaceutical risk. POST SCRIPT: Overlawyered.com has more.

4 Procare 11.15.04 at 2:55 pm

Merck Suspected Vioxx Dangers Long Before

This weekend the New York Times published an in-depth analysis of Merck and their failure to find the dangers of the drug Vioxx. The story that the authors find is one of marketing and profits coming before patient safety. In…

5 Notes from the (Legal) Underground 11.16.04 at 12:52 pm

Is Walter Olson Running Out of Material?

As grist for its anti-lawyer message, Overlawyered.com is featuring this obvious Internet hoax:

6 f/k/a . . . . 11.16.04 at 1:32 pm

the cold gathers (plus, suing lawyers)

7 Procare 11.17.04 at 10:48 am

Merck Suspected Vioxx Dangers Long Before

This weekend the New York Times published an in-depth analysis of Merck and their failure to find the dangers of the drug Vioxx. The story that the authors find is one of marketing and profits coming before patient safety. In…

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