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Special Masters Appointed in Program to Resolve U.S. VIOXX(R) Product Liability Lawsuits
Date:3/7/2008

aintiffs' Negotiating Committee. "All three of the Masters have extensive experience in mediation that makes them the right people for this assignment."

According to the Settlement Agreement, the Special Master and Deputy Special Masters are responsible for deciding any appeals from determinations by the Claims Administrator of 1) qualification of claimants for payment from the resolution fund pursuant to the objective "gates" for admission into the program and 2) individual claim valuation based on the defined criteria set forth in the Settlement Agreement. The Masters will also assign valuation scores to qualifying claimants at the basic level of valuation who reject the fixed payment offered under the program. In addition, the Masters will conduct hearings, and make findings, if any suspicion of fraud or deception by claimants or their counsel in the submission of claims surfaces during claims processing or the audits contemplated under the Agreement.

Patrick A. Juneau has served as a court-appointed Special Master in numerous federal and state cases, including product liability class actions and toxic tort litigation. He is also a charter member of the Academy of Court Appointed Masters. Mr. Juneau, who leads the Juneau Law Firm in Lafayette, Louisiana, has tried over 100 civil lawsuits to conclusion.

The Honorable John K. Trotter served as a Pro-Tem Justice of the California Supreme Court in 1983 and Presiding Justice of the Fourth District of the California Court of Appeal from 1982 until his retirement in 1987. He has since gained a reputation as one of the country's leading experts in Alternative Dispute Resolution and has worked as a Special Master in pharmaceutical litigations involving Zyprexa, Baycol, and Rezulin.

The Honorable Marina Corodemus served as a trial judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey for over a decade. During her tenure, the New Jersey Supreme Court appointed her as a Mass Tort Judge to resolve the
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SOURCE Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP and Herman Herman Katz & Cotlar,LLP
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