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For immediate release: January 30, 2006
For further information contact: Teresa Ungaro 609-345-6700 x 3579

Media Advisory -- Pre-Trial Meeting on Media Protocol for Vioxx Trial

Pre-Trial Meeting on Media Protocol for Vioxx Trial New Jersey Superior Court Judge Carol E. Higbee will hold a pre-trial meeting on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006 at 9:30 a.m. in conference room 3-D, third floor, in the Atlantic County Civil Courthouse, 1201 Bacharach Blvd., Atlantic City, NJ to discuss media protocol in the matters of Cona v. Merck and McDarby v. Merck.

Reporters who intend to cover the trial are strongly encouraged to attend the media protocol meeting for information about arrangements for reporters and camera crews who are covering the trial. For example, information on seating in the courtroom, the "Supreme Court Guidelines for Cameras in the Courts," pooling arrangements and designated locations for interviews will be provided at the meeting.

No seat assignments for the trial will be confirmed before the media protocol meeting. Reporters and photographers are encouraged to make reservations for the meeting by contacting Teresa Ungaro, Civil Division manager, at 609-345-6700 x 3579 or by e-mail at teresa.ungaro@judiciary.state.nj.us. Please provide name, affiliations, phone, fax and e-mail address.

Information about the case is available on the Judiciary's Web site, www.njcourtsonline.com in the "Mass Tort" section. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available. The camera guidelines are on the Web site as well, located in the "Quick Site Index." Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Feb. 27. The trial will commence once the jury has been selected.

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