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US high court allows securities fraud lawsuit over Merck & Co's Vioxx

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Executive Summary

The US Supreme Court has rejected Merck & Co's bid to dismiss as untimely a Vioxx (rofecoxib) securities fraud class action. The justices ruled the two-year statute of limitations was not triggered by a September 2001 FDA warning letter criticising the company's promotion of the COX-2 inhibitor or product liability lawsuits challenging the drug's safety.






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