$253.4 Million Verdict in First Merck Vioxx Trial

I am sure that Robert Ernst, a 59-year-old Wal-Mart produce manager, was well loved but did his death really cause his wife Carol Ernst over $253 million in damages. What was this Texas jury thinking? … If each of these claims resulted in similar damages to those for the death of Robert Ernst, the total liability resulting from Merck‚Äôs Vioxx debacle would reach over $1 trillion dollars! …

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