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Hagens Berman Appointed Co-Lead Counsel in Case Against Schering-Plough and Merck
Date:6/10/2008

Lawsuit claims manufacturers misled consumers about the use of Zetia and

Vytorin.

SEATTLE, June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Last week the U.S. District Court in New Jersey appointed Hagens Berman, along with four other firms, co-counsel in a case against Schering-Plough (NYSE: SGP) and Merck (NYSE: MRK) which claims the companies knowingly misled consumers on the use of popular prescription drugs Zetia and Vytorin.

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Judge Dennis Cavanaugh approved and ordered an organizational structure consisting of five law firms to comprise a Plaintiffs Steering Committee which is responsible for coordinating plaintiffs during pretrial proceedings and more.

The order states that within one week defendants and plaintiffs are to submit a proposed schedule regarding the filing of a consolidated amended complaint.

The lawsuit, filed on Jan. 17, 2008, claims Schering-Plough and Merck violated state consumer protection laws arising from the sale and marketing of Zetia and Vytorin.

Zetia is a brand-name prescription drug used to lower LDL levels by decreasing cholesterol absorption in the intestinal tract. Vytorin is a combination of Zetia and Zocor, a statin available in generic form.

The suit claims that the combination of drugs was no more effective than the generic version of Zocor in blocking the fatty arterial plaques
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