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Supreme Court Upholds Legal Shield For Vaccine Makers

Publication Date: 
February 22, 2011
Westlaw News & Insight (Reuters)
James Vicini

The following article by Reuters mentions professor and former dean Kathleen Sullivan and her role in representing Wyeth, now owned by Pfizer, Inc, in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Wyeth v. Bruesewitz:

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal law shields vaccine makers from product-liability lawsuits in state court seeking damages for a child's injuries or death from a vaccine's side effects.

The high court on Tuesday ruled for Wyeth, which is now owned by Pfizer Inc, in a lawsuit brought by the parents of Hannah Bruesewitz, who suffered seizures as an infant after her third dose of a diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) vaccine in 1992.


For the vaccine makers: Kathleen Sullivan of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan; Daniel Thomasch of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe.