Supreme Court and Autism
The Supreme Court began hearing oral argument on 10/12/10 related to a law passed 25 years ago (by Congress) that provides limited protection for vaccine companies. The law was intended to allow law suits to be filed against vaccine companies while requiring plaintiffs to establish that the vaccine directly contributed to the injury -- as would be the case in a product liability case.
The law was intended to protect vaccine companies from lawsuits that could pose such fincial penalties that they would stop producing vacines. The federal goverment then set up the "vaccine court" that heard the three class action suits brought by families of ASD children.
As you may recall, all three suits lost and the science available seems to support that vaccines are not directly involved in the rise of autism related disorders.
This is a very imprtant case as it could provide families with an ASD child or teen another chance to prove their case in court.