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High Court Says Vaccine Act Preempts State Law Claims

Law360 (February 22, 2011, 2:29 PM EST) -- The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act preempts state law claims against vaccine makers over alleged design defects, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 6-2 decision Tuesday.

The court’s decision in the hotly anticipated Bruesewitz v. Wyeth Inc. represents a major victory for vaccine makers and deals a solid blow to the families of children injured by vaccines, including several thousand who claim vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella gave their children autism.

Congress clearly intended that the 1986 act protect vaccine makers from state law...
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