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Vaccine CourtThe Law and Politics of Injury$
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Anna Kirkland

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479876938

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479876938.001.0001

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The Autism Showdown

The Autism Showdown

(p.172) 6 The Autism Showdown
Vaccine Court

Anna Kirkland

NYU Press

The autism cases (termed the Omnibus Autism Proceedings) present the court’s biggest recent challenge, and the story of how the court found that autism is not a vaccine injury is the topic of this chapter. The autism cases were a showdown because the court had previously provided compensation for vaccine injuries without much population-level evidence but with a reasonably credible causal story of how they could have happened to individuals, and thus it seemed at the start that the claims could go either way. Instead the vaccine court strongly repudiated a vaccine-autism link in ways that delegitimized vaccine critics, who nonetheless argued that the vaccine court was hopelessly stacked against them.

Keywords:   autism, vaccine injury, credibility, evidence, causation, Omnibus Autism Proceedings

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