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Wakefield sues BMJ over MMR articles

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 10 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e310
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Andrew Wakefield, the doctor who was struck off the UK medical register after triggering a worldwide health scare by linking the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine with autism, has launched a libel action against the BMJ, its editor in chief, Fiona Godlee, and the investigative journalist Brian Deer.

The lawsuit, which accuses the BMJ of publishing “false and defamatory statements” about Dr Wakefield, has been filed not in England, where the allegedly offending articles were published, but at a …

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