Jury selection for the latest Vioxx trial is under way for a man whose wife is said to have died as a result of taking Vioxx. Frank Schwaller says his wife, then 52 and now deceased, took the painkiller manufactured by Merck & Company for an extended period to combat her pains and ailments. The attorney for Schwaller asked the prospective juror members a number of questions to determine if they could be fair and impartial in deciding whether Vioxx cased Mrs. Schwaller’s death. The defense then followed with it own line of questions to determine which 12 jurors would be charged with the responsibility of resolving this dispute. Opening arguments are scheduled to start Wednesday.
A partner with Childers, Schlueter & Smith, LLC,, Brandon Smith has devoted his practice to pharmaceutical litigation, mass torts, products liability and serious personal injury. A frequent guest speaker at legal seminars all over the country—Brandon is focused on helping injured victims nationwide, however possible. Named a SuperLawyer again in 2019, he has also been called out as one of 10 Best Attorneys For Georgia by the American Institute Of Personal Injury Attorneys and a Top 100 Lawyer in Georgia by the National Trial Lawyers in 2019.