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Merck & Co. (NYSE:MRK): Current price $42.97

In March, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding a case that could easily determine the extent to which drug makers are liable for injuries caused by generic equivalents of their products, says The New York Times.

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Merck announces the appointment of Roger M. Perlmutter, M.D., Ph.D., as executive vice president and president of Merck Research Laboratories, effective April 15. Perlmutter will succeed Peter S. Kim, Ph.D., who has served in the role since 2003.