Vioxx statute of limitations
In many states, the statute of limitations will bar the filing of additional Vioxx lawsuits since it has now been two years since the pain killer was withdrawn from the market. The Wall Street Journal reported that over the past few weeks, the number of lawsuits currently pending against Merck has jumped by 55%. However, claims for all individuals injured may not be barred by the Vioxx statute of limitations, since time may still be available in some states to pursue a lawsuit for injuries sustained.
It has been estimated that 22,000 Vioxx lawsuits are currently pending. Over 14,000 of those lawsuits are filed in New Jersey state court. New Jersey is the home state for Merck, the manufacturer of Vioxx, and the state has a two year statute of limitations.
Although many states have a two year statute of limitations, time may still be available for individuals injured as a result of Vioxx, depending on the circumstances of their case.