Criminal Charges Settled, Vioxx Causes $321.6m Pain for Merck

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A federal court has sanctioned Merck & Co. Inc. with a $321.6 million fine for its improper off-label marketing of its drug Vioxx. This fine settles criminal charges and will be shared by the federal government and 44 states, including North Carolina. The pharmaceutical giant recently settled a civil case about Vioxx that resulted in sizeable
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Dwi Charge Prompts Defendant to Change Her Life

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Certain wake-up calls aren’t what you want to experience, while others prompt you to change your life. That was the case for a North Carolina woman. Last February the woman was charged with DWI and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. It was a cold winter evening last year when the defendant’s car ran
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In North Carolina, Criminal Matters Dominate List of New Laws P3

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We are continuing a brief rundown of new laws that went into effect on Dec. 1. As we mentioned in our last two posts, the laws cover a lot of ground. North Carolina now has stiffer penalties for DWI repeat offenders and allows the court to expunge the criminal records of some offenders under age
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In North Carolina, Criminal Matters Dominate List of New Laws P2

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We are picking up the discussion about the slate of new laws that went into effect on Dec. 1. The majority of the 35 measures relate to criminal matters, and many have been covered at length by the media as well as in this blog. A couple of examples are Laura’s Law, the law that
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In North Carolina, Criminal Matters Dominate List of New Laws

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Criminal defense lawyers in North Carolina took special note of a host of new laws that went into effect on Dec. 1. Most of the laws add new crimes to the books — the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, for example, and Laura’s Law. Still, two add protections for defendants and nonviolent offenders under age
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