In May 2001 Evelyn Plunkett’s husband, Dickie, died of a sudden heart attack after taking VIOXX. Evelyn suspected the drug, made by Merck, caused her husband’s death. She engaged Terrell • Hogan to investigate and pursue her claim to get to the bottom of the VIOXX story: what Merck knew, and when it knew it. Now, over six years later Merck has offered to settle cases nationwide for $4.85 billion. Evelyn has persevered. Her case was tried once in Houston, having been moved there from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. There was a mistrial when the jury could not reach a verdict. Her case was tried again in New Orleans and, despite a verdict for Merck, Evelyn kept going. United States District Judge Eldon E. Fallon granted her a new trial based on his finding that an expert witness for Merck had misrepresented his credentials. Evelyn’s determination never wavered. She knew it was crucial to get the facts out about VIOXX and Merck.