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Vaccine Case Goes Before High Court

Publication Date: 
October 13, 2010
Source: 
The Wall Street Journal Online
Author: 
Brent Kendall

Professor Kathleen Sullivan, who is representing Wyeth in the Supreme Court case on product-liability laws for vaccines, is featured in this story by Brent Kendall of the Wall Street Journal:

WASHINGTON—Several Supreme Court justices expressed concern about opening the door wider to lawsuits against vaccine makers, saying it could force manufacturers from the market and undermine the nation's vaccine supply.

Other justices were more skeptical of vaccine makers' contentions, as the court heard an hour-long argument Tuesday in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, a case testing whether federal law shields the makers from some types of product-liability lawsuits in state court.

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Wyeth has denied that its vaccine caused the child's injuries. Kathleen Sullivan, a lawyer for the company, said Congress meant the 1986 law to protect vaccine makers from a wave of lawsuits that threatened their businesses. If the high court rules for the plaintiffs, she said, "there will be enough liability to drive manufacturers from the market."