Texas – On Friday September 19, a state appeals court in Texas ruled that Andrew Wakefield, who lost his medical license in 2010 after his research on autism was discredited, is unable to sue the British publication, the British Medical Journal, for deformation in Texas.
The articles concerned raised questions concerning the accuracy of the information given in Andrew Wakefield’s 1998 study that focused on the link between vaccines and autism.
The state courts in Texas, where Wakefield now lives, lack jurisdiction as the articles published in 2011 have no direct links with any activities or people from Texas.
Justice Scott Field told:
“The publications concerned Wakefield’s conduct and activities that occurred in England, and Texas is never mentioned in any of the articles,”
Andrew Wakefield was found guilty of professional misconduct by the General Medical Council (GMC) based in the UK.
Bill Parrish, Andrew Wakefield’s lawyer, is still considering whether to appeal the decision.
“We disagree with this decision, which denies Dr. Wakefield his day in court,”
The original article by Chuck Lindell on the Statesman.com website can be read here
Jo Worgan is a published author, writer and blogger. She has a degree in English Literature. She writes about life with her youngest son who is on the autistic spectrum. Jo tweets (@mummyworgan) and is also a freelance columnist for the Lancaster Guardian. ‘My Life with Tom, Living With Autism‘ is her second book and a culmination of her blog posts, and available on Kindle now, along with her first book, Life on the Spectrum. The Preschool years.