US parents take government to court over MMR vaccine

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 14 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1241
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The first of three test cases on whether the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine can cause autism opened in the US Court of Federal Claims this week, just days after the hopes of parents in the United Kingdom for a High Court trial of their claims were dealt a final blow.

    Last Friday at the High Court in London, Mr Justice Keith disbanded a group action against vaccine manufacturers by 2000 parents who blame MMR for triggering autism in their children.

    The UK action ground to a virtual halt in 2004 when the Legal Services Commission withdrew legal aid for the group action, but a few parents soldiered on. Now the few remaining autistic children will have their claims withdrawn or struck out. Only two …

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