Doc Linking Vaccines To Autism Sues Journal For Libel

Law360, New York (January 5, 2012, 6:43 PM EST) -- A controversial autism researcher took up a British journalist's challenge to sue him Tuesday, launching litigation in Texas claiming the reporter and the British Medical Journal defamed him and his work linking autism to vaccines.

Andrew Wakefield filed suit against the BMJ, its editor Fiona Godlee and journalist Brian Deer. The complaint targets pieces published in the journal in January 2011 that said Wakefield had falsified data in a 1998 paper suggesting a link between autism and the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.

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