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August 2005 Archives

TLPJ Focuses On Education As Well as Litigation

Alan Brayton Becomes President-Elect of Public Interest Law Firm WASHINGTON, DC -- August 26, 2005-- Alan R. Brayton, founding and senior partner of Brayton Purcell, has been chosen as President-elect of the Foundation that supports Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (TLPJ), a nonprofit national public interest law firm. Mr. Brayton...

Vioxx® Increases Heart Attack Risk

Vioxx® User's Widow Should Receive $253.5 Million, Texas Jury Rules ANGLETON, TX -- August 23, 2005-- A Texas jury has ruled that Merck must pay $253.5 million to the wife of Robert Ernst, an active 59-year old man who died after taking the company's painkiller, Vioxx®. This is the first...

Celebrex® Increases the Risk of Heart Attacks and Strokes

Celebrex® Gets "Black Box" Warning WASHINGTON, DC -- August 22, 2005 -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered Pfizer to upgrade the label warnings for Celebrex® (celecoxib) to state that the arthritis drug may increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots. Doctors are also advised...

Asbestos Trust Fund Inadequate to Compensate Injured Workers

B. 852 Another Corporate Bail Out WASHINGTON, DC -- August 19, 2005 -- The asbestos bill, S. 852, would hurt asbestos victims and their families, while bailing out corporations, according to a detailed news article by Jillian Alderbron, civil justice counsel with the consumer advocacy group, Public Citizen. Ms. Alderbron...