AP: Vioxx trial lawyers are punching a clock
With 9,650 trials to go, judge limits time to present case
(2/27/2006) - The Associated Press reports today that lawyers have agreed to a time limit on presenting their cases in the next Vioxx trial. According to AP, lawyers for Merck & Co. Inc. and two men suing the painkiller's manufacturer have agreed to time limits on testimony and will use tabletop clocks - activated manually, each time one side or the other puts a witness on the stand - to keep track.
When the trial begins next Monday, lawyers for plaintiffs Thomas Cona and John McDarby will have 40 hours to present their cases, not including opening statements and closing arguments. Lawyers for Merck will get 35.
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