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Legal News
26 Jun 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The California State Assembly [official website] on Thursday passed legislation [SB277] requiring schoolchildren to be vaccinated unless there is a medical reason not to do so. The measure ends exemptions among parents opposed to vaccination due to personal or religious reasons. California is now the largest state to mandate … [read more]

Legal News
14 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] on Tuesday released a set of proposed guidelines [text, PDF] outlining a plan to end the national lifetime ban on blood donations from homosexual individuals. The ban, which many activists and medical groups say after 32 years in no longer justified, … [read more]

Legal News
9 Apr 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A California senate committee on Wednesday approved a bill [SB 227] that would prohibit parents of school children from citing their personal beliefs as a reason to let the children remain unvaccinated. The proposed legislation, introduced by Senators Dr. Richard Pan and Ben Allen [official websites], would continue to … [read more]

Academic Commentary
19 Feb 2015
by James G. Hodge Jr. & Kim Weidenaar of Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge Jr. and Kim Weidenaar of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, discuss the recent news on California and other states' lawmakers' efforts to propose strict vaccination legislation, and the current vaccine exemption issues in the US... The US public health … [read more]

Legal News
17 Feb 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Oregon Senate Committee on Health Care [official website] is scheduled to hear testimony on a bill [SB 422, PDF] that would limit the option for parents to receive non-medical exemptions from school vaccinations. Sponsored by state Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward [official profile] (D-Portland), this bill seeks to amend … [read more]

Legal News
5 Feb 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] California state senators Dr. Richard Pan and Ben Allen [personal website] on Wednesday announced plans to propose legislation [press release] requiring parents to vaccinate all school children. This legislation will "repeal the personal belief exemption that currently allows parents to effectively opt their child out of vaccines," because "the … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jan 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Wednesday upheld [text, PDF] a New York state rule [text, PDF] barring unimmunized children from public schools. On the district court level, Judge William Kuntz II of the US District Court for the … [read more]

Student Commentary
21 Oct 2014
by Angie Lin of St. John's University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Angie Lin, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the fourth article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Lin discusses inadequate federal regulation of donated reproductive tissue in assisted reproductive fertility … [read more]

Legal News
21 Oct 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The government of Uganda is failing to hold senior officials accountable for corruption, according to a report [text, PDF; press release] released Monday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] and Yale Law School's Allard K Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic [academic website]. The Ugandan government has reportedly also … [read more]

Legal News
22 Feb 2011
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-2 in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that section 22(b)(1) [text] of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 provides blanket immunity to vaccine manufacturers from all tort actions filed in … [read more]

Legal News
12 Oct 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Tuesday in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on compensation for injuries caused by childhood vaccines. The question is whether § 22(b)(1) [text] of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury … [read more]

Professional Commentary
13 Sep 2010

Amy Pisani [Executive Director, Every Child By Two - Carter/Bumpers Champions for Immunization]: "In February of 2009 a special vaccine court exonerated vaccines in the debate over the causes of autism. The three Special Masters ruled that the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR), given in combination with thimerosal-containing vaccines, does not cause, … [read more]

Professional Commentary
12 Sep 2010

Richard Judelsohn [Medical Director, Erie County Department of Health]: "The most common question I get from parents and patients regarding vaccine safety is 'I heard on TV and read on the Internet that vaccines can damage the body. Is that true?' The first part of my response is to explain … [read more]

Legal News
30 Aug 2010
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Friday affirmed [opinion, PDF] a decision issued last year by the US Court of Federal Claims [official website] finding insufficient evidence [JURIST report] to establish a link between childhood vaccines and autism in three test cases. The … [read more]

Legal News
12 Mar 2010
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] Three special masters sitting in the US Federal Court of Claims [official website] Friday rejected [opinions, PDF] three compensation actions brought in a coordinated omnibus proceeding [backgrounder, PDF; HRSA backgrounder] by families of autistic children who had argued that their children's autism was induced by vaccines containing mercury-laden thimerosol. … [read more]

Legal News
25 Oct 2009
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama's Saturday emergency declaration [text, PDF; press release] on the H1N1 flu [CDC backgrounder] has granted Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) [official website] Secretary Kathleen Sebelius [official profile] authority under section 1135 of the Social Security Act [text] to allow medical providers to bypass … [read more]

Legal News
17 Feb 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The administration of US President Barack Obama [official profile] on Monday proposed the development of a binding international treaty to regulate global mercury [DOS backgrounder] levels. The announcement by US State Department [official website] Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Sustainable Development Daniel Reifsnyder came at the 25th Session … [read more]

Legal News
12 Feb 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] The US Court of Federal Claims [official website] on Thursday rejected arguments made in three test cases against the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) [official website; HHS statement] by families alleging that their children's autism was caused by a combination of common childhood vaccines. Due to … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jan 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] A report [PDF text; press release] issued Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] criticized efforts by the Bush administration to prepare for a potential bird flu pandemic by relying on a law enforcement/national security approach rather than a public health approach. The report, authored by … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jul 2007
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] Former Ugandan health minister Jim Muhwezi [New Vision profile] went to trial Monday on charges of embezzlement and abuse of office. Muhwezi is alleged to have misused $4.3 million in grants donated to the government of Uganda by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and the Immunization (GAVI) and the … [read more]

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