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$23 Million Settlement Reached with Manufacturer of Vioxx

September 9, 2013

Consumers Could Get Up to $50 or More

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The following is being released by the law firms of Herman, Herman & Katz, LLC and Leiff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein.

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Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. (“Merck”) has agreed to pay up to $23 million to settle a class action lawsuit involving the prescription anti-inflammatory drug Vioxx. The lawsuit claims Merck falsely advertised Vioxx as having greater benefits than less expensive medicines contradicting FDA approved labeling. Merck denies these claims but has agreed to a settlement.

Consumers who paid for all or part of the cost of Vioxx before October 1, 2004 are included in the settlement. Consumers who settled a Vioxx personal injury claim or were a Missouri resident at the time of purchase are not included in the settlement.

What Consumers Get:

Consumers who submit valid claims can get:

    1. Up to $50 in cash, or
    2. Reimbursement for up to the actual out-of-pocket expenses paid for Vioxx
       and up to $75 for certain other costs and losses.

Payment amounts will vary based on several factors such as the number of claims submitted, the amounts claimed, the proof submitted, and other adjustments and deductions. Attorneys’ fees, costs, and other fees and expenses will be deducted from the settlement before distribution to consumers.

File A Claim:

    --  To get a payment from the settlement, consumers must submit a claim form
        by May 6, 2014.
    --  The claim form can be submitted online or by mail.
    --  The claim form is available at www.VioxxSettlement.com or by calling
        1-866-439-6932.

Important Deadlines:

    --  Consumers who do not want to be included in the settlement or want to
        keep the right to sue Merck for claims related to the lawsuit must
        exclude themselves by November 9, 2013.
    --  Consumers who do nothing will not get a payment and give up the right to
        sue Merck.
    --  Consumers who stay in the settlement may object it by November 9, 2013,
        but will be bound by the settlement if approved by the Court.
    --  The Court will hold a hearing on December 13, 2013 to consider whether
        to approve the settlement and attorneys' fees and expenses up to 32% of
        the maximum $23 million settlement or up to $7.36 million.  Consumers
        can attend the hearing, but it isn't required.  Consumers can hire their
        own attorney, at their own expense, to appear or speak at the hearing.

For more information or to download a claim form, visit www.VioxxSettlement.com or call: 1-866-439-6932.

SOURCE Herman, Herman & Katz, LLC and Leiff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein


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