Colorado Dangerous Drugs & Medical Devices

Vioxx®

Burg Simpson is not currently pursuing new Vioxx® cases.

Vioxx® (generic name: rofecoxib) is a is a Cox-2 inhibitor in the same drug class as Celebrex and Bextra. The FDA approved Vioxx in May 1999 following various trials and tests. Vioxx® was marketed based upon the claim that it could provide the same effects of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug NSAID) without causing the gastric problems that commonly came with traditional NSAIDs. Then, in September 2004, continued testing indicated that Vioxx® reduced the risk of stomach problems in patients but significantly increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes. On September 30, 2004 Merck announced the worldwide withdrawal of Vioxx from the market. Contrary to earlier reports that increased heart risks appeared after more than 18 months’ worth of use, the evidence now shows that heart risks could occur after as few as three months of Vioxx use.

A number of Vioxx® cases have been tried. In a few cases, the plaintiffs have received large verdicts, but in a larger number of trials Merck has obtained a defense verdict. In November of 2007, Merck and the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee announced a $4.85 Billion dollar settlement.

Michael S. Burg was appointed to the Vioxx MDL State Liaison Committee, which coordinates state and federal Vioxx® litigation, by the Hon. Eldon Fallon.

 December 18, 2018

David P. Hersh Recognized by the American Society of Legal Advocates for 2019

David P. Hersh, a named shareholder at Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, has been recognized by the American Society of Legal Advocates as a Top 100 Lawyer for the 6th year in a row. This organization is an invitation-only, nationwide organization of elite lawyers in practice today who combine stellar legal credentials with a proven commitment to community… Read more »

 December 17, 2018

Communities are Made Great by Those Who Give

  As a national litigation law firm, Burg Simpson recognizes that communities are made great by those who give. Our ingrained culture of service and our passionate desire to make a difference in the lives of others in our communities is the essence of our firm,and the philosophy of our lawyers and legal professionals nation-wide. In… Read more »

Washington Capitol Building

 December 12, 2018

Letter Urging Senate to Defend Democracy Co-Signed by Former Senator Al Simpson

A week after giving his moving eulogy at late President George H.W. Bush’s wake, former Republican Senator Alan K. Simpson joined with forty-three other former Senators across party lines in publishing a letter to the Washington Post. This co-signed letter urges the current Senate to embrace a bipartisan defense of democracy and constitutional values as… Read more »

 December 6, 2018

Retired Firefighters Get Burned When Health Care Benefits are Terminated

Attorney Brian Matise at Burg Simpson handles complex civil litigation cases, and he has taken the lead on the West Metro Case. This case involves the distribution of more  than $1.8 million in funds that remained in a trust that was committed to fund health insurance benefits for 73 retired firefighters and their dependents. These… Read more »

Good Lawyers. Changing Lives. – Supporting Communities with Burg Simpson

 November 5, 2018

Good Lawyers. Changing Lives. – Supporting Communities with Burg Simpson

All attorneys at Burg Simpson strive to make our motto more than just words. Both in and out of the courtroom, our attorneys work to support local and national communities by protecting their rights and to making certain that crisis recovery and educational opportunities are available to all. In this video, Burg Simpson shareholder and… Read more »

Massachusetts Gas Explosion – Holding Corporations Accountable

 November 2, 2018

Massachusetts Gas Explosion – Holding Corporations Accountable

The negligence of Columbia Gas caused the massive gas explosions  in Andover, Lawrence and North Andover, MA. After the gas explosions, more than 2,000 people found themselves displaced, and their towns resembled a war zone. These gas explosions could have easily been avoided. Columbia Gas had been warned twice over the last decade that an explosion was… Read more »

Attorney Tom Henderson explains why the Durango 416 Fire aims to hold the Durango-Silverton Railroad accountable.

 November 2, 2018

Seeking Justice for Victims of the Durango 416 Fire

Colorado’s Durango 416 Fire was caused by the Durango-Silverton Railroad’s coal-burning train on June 1, 2018. The blaze has been reported to be the state’s sixth largest forest fire in history, and the fire destroyed homes and businesses in Durango and the surrounding area. Burg Simpson is now representing those affected by the 416 Fire… Read more »

Consumers Must Beware of Body Brokers

 November 2, 2018

Consumers Must Beware of Body Brokers

Body brokers are relatively unchecked and under-regulated by state and federal agencies.  Across the United States, mortuaries and hospices are committing fraud by allowing body brokers to convince families who have lost their loved ones to donate the body “for medical research.” But instead of being donated, the body ends up being dismembered and then… Read more »

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