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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Wakefield Can't Sue in Texas

Andrew Wakefield, who was stripped of his British medical license in 2010 for autism research that ignited a worldwide vaccine scare, cannot sue a U.K. medical journal, its editor and a British reporter for defamation in Texas, a judge in Austin ruled Friday.
In a one-paragraph order, Travis County District Judge Amy Clark Meachum said Texas courts don't have jurisdiction over the defendants. She tossed out the case.
Wakefield, who is 55 and lives in Austin, vowed to appeal. "We think we have a very good argument" to pursue, said Wakefield, who says he is working in Austin but declined to say where.
Wakefield has previously sued reporter Brian Deer in the U.K., but he withdrew those suits because, he said, he was dealing with a hearing on his medical license before U.K.'s General Medical Council, which regulates doctors. The council found Wakefield guilty of serious professional misconduct, citing dishonest, irresponsible research he performed in 1998; actions contrary to the interests of children; conflicts of interests regarding his involvement in a lawsuit against a measles-mumps-rubella vaccine; and failing to disclose his involvement in seeking a patent for a rival vaccine.