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Commission withdraws legal aid for parents suing over MMR vaccine

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 18 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:640
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Hundreds of parents who claim that their children were damaged by the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine have been told that the legal aid funding they were counting on to take their compensation claims to court will be withdrawn from 29 September.

    Lawyers estimate that the long running group action on behalf of more than 1000 claimants against three vaccine manufacturers has consumed between £5m ($8m; €7m) and £10m in legal aid so far and could rack up another £4m in costs if it went to trial in the High Court.

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