Jury: Merck Liable in Elderly Man's Death

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RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas – A state jury found Merck & Co. liable Friday for the death of a 71-year-old man who had a fatal heart attack within a month of taking its painkiller Vioxx and ordered the company to pay $32 million. Merck said it would appeal.

The jury of 10 men and two women deliberated for more about seven hours over two days before returning the verdict in favor of the family of Leonel Garza.

The company was ordered to pay $7 million in compensatory damages and $25 million in punitive damages.

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