Justices Rule Vaccine Firms Protected From Suits

The Wall Street Journal
Date Published: 
February 23, 2011

The Supreme Court handed a victory to vaccine makers Tuesday, ruling 6-2 that U.S. law shields them from product-liability suits alleging defects in a vaccine's design. The high court ruled in the case of a Pennsylvania couple who alleged that their daughter suffered profound impairments after receiving a diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine made by Wyeth, now part of Pfizer Inc. The result takes a key legal tool out of the hands of those who contend their children's autism was caused by vaccines.