High Court judge criticises Andrew Wakefield for trying to silence his criticsBMJ 2005; 331 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7525.1104-a (Published 10 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1104
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
Andrew Wakefield, the doctor at the centre of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine controversy, was criticised by a high court judge last week for trying to silence critics by warning them that he was suing for libel while at the same time failing to progress the case.
Mr Justice Eady said that he was quite satisfied that Dr Wakefield, who now works in Austin, Texas, “wished to extract whatever advantage he could from the existence of the proceedings while not wishing to progress them or to give the defendants an opportunity of meeting the claims.”
The judge refused Dr Wakefield's application to …