April 9, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
A California senate committee on Wednesday approved a bill 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, would continue to allow ...[read more]
February 19, 2015
by Yuxin Jiang
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 ...[read more]
February 5, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
California state senators Dr. Richard Pan and Ben Allen on Wednesday announced plans to propose legislation 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," ...[read more]
May 20, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Sebelius v. Cloer that an untimely National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (NCVIA) petition may qualify for an award of attorney's fees if it is filed in good faith and there is a reasonable basis for its claim. In this case, Dr. Melissa Cloer filed an ...[read more]
February 29, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On February 29, 2008, the US District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit brought by members of the US military against the US Department of Defense (DOD) anthrax vaccine program. The lawsuit by the service members sought to make the anthrax vaccine optional, rather than ...[read more]
February 22, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On February 22, 2011, the US Supreme Court ruled in the case of Bruesewitz v. Wyeth. The 6-2 decision upheld blanket immunity for vaccine manufacturers from tort action based on design defects. The immunity encompasses tort actions filed in both state and federal courts which may arise from the ...[read more]
February 12, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
On February 12, 2009, the US Court of Federal Claims rejected arguments made in three test cases against the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by families alleging that their children's autism was caused by a combination of common childhood vaccines. In August 2010, the US Court of ...[read more]
March 12, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On March 12, 2010, three special masters sitting in the US Court of Federal Claims rejected three compensation actions brought in a coordinated omnibus proceeding by families of autistic children who had argued that their children's autism was induced by vaccines containing mercury-laden ...[read more]
February 22, 2011
by Ashley Hileman
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 6-2 in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth that section 22(b)(1) of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 provides blanket immunity to vaccine manufacturers from all tort actions filed in state or federal court alleging design defects. The issue in this case ...[read more]
October 12, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth on compensation for injuries caused by childhood vaccines. The question is whether § 22(b)(1) of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, which expressly preempts certain design defect claims against vaccine ...[read more]

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