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Wakefield Sues for Libel in Texas

The discredited physician, who falsely reported a link between autism and vaccines, has filed a new libel claim.

By | January 9, 2012

Austin TexasFLICKR, STUSEEGER

Andrew Wakefield, the gastroenterologist who reported a link between a vaccine and autism in a small group of children in 1998—work that has now been discredited and retracted—filed a defamation lawsuit in Austin, Texas, last week against the British Medical Journal (BMJ), and the authors of a series of reported articles questioning his research.

The articles, written by investigative journalist  Brian Deer and published in BMJ, accused Wakefield of misrepresenting his research and promoting a hypothesis that proved false and has subsequently put many children at risk of verifiable brain-damaging illness. In 2010, Wakefield was convicted of dishonesty and endangering the lives of children by the British General Council. He lost his license to practice medicine, had to retract several articles, and left his position at an Austin, Texas-based research clinical research institute where he had served as executive director.

This will be the second time Wakefield has filed a libel suit, according to ScienceInsider. He also sued Deer in the United Kingdom over his documentary on Wakefield. The judge in that case requested more evidence from Wakefield’s legal team in support of their claims, and the lawyers soon dropped the suit.

A statement from BMJ and Deer in response to the reports of the lawsuit (they have not yet been served with legal papers), said that Wakefield is likely taking this claim to US courts, because were he to try to resubmit in the United Kingdom, he would be “vulnerable to being struck out as an abuse of process.”  However, he may not have an easy time in Texas either, which has a new and strong legal statute that puts the burden of proof on the individuals claiming libel, reported ScienceInsider.

 

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Avatar of: Ken Reibel

Ken Reibel

Posts: 3

January 9, 2012

Wakefield's lawyers threatened to sue NBC a couple years back, after Dr. Nancy Snyderman called him a "fraud" on the Today show. Wakefield backed off in exchange for a feature profile on Dateline.

http://autism-news-beat.com/ar...

Deer is a respected UK journalist whose work was thoroughly vetted by medical experts prior to publication in the BMJ.

Wakefield repeatedly called for the GMC investigation that Marty calls a 'witch hunt', then didn't call a single witness during the trial.

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natasa778

Posts: 2

January 9, 2012

Everyone remotely interested in MMR_Wakefield_BMJ_Deer saga must read this report by Dr Lewis, available to download until 19 January:

http://www.yousendit.com/downl...

Dr. David Lewis, internationally known whistleblower and respected expert on institutional fraud, released a report today calling for a formal investigation into the practices of the British Medical Journal (BMJ), and specifically into the actions of its editor, Dr. Fiona Godlee, and Brian Deer, a reporter she hired to write a series of articles ...

"To support their new fraud theory, Godlee, Deer, and the BMJ's lawyers engaged in the most reprehensible conduct I have ever witnessed involving any scientific journal" (p3 of the filed report by Dr Lewis, linked above)"

Let the games begin.

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22penny22

Posts: 1

January 9, 2012

Whistleblower Scientist Accuses British Medical Journal of Institutional Research MisconductActions of BMJ Editor and Reporter "More Tabloid News than Science" According to Dr. David Lewis, and "a Genuine Threat to Public Health"
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/... 

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natasa778

Posts: 2

January 9, 2012

Everyone remotely interested in MMR_Wakefield_BMJ_Deer saga must read this report by Dr Lewis:

http://www.hallmanwingate.com/...

Dr. David Lewis, internationally known whistleblower and respected expert on institutional fraud, released a report today calling for a formal investigation into the practices of the British Medical Journal (BMJ), and specifically into the actions of its editor, Dr. Fiona Godlee, and Brian Deer, a reporter she hired to write a series of articles ...

"To support their new fraud theory, Godlee, Deer, and the BMJ's lawyers engaged in the most reprehensible conduct I have ever witnessed involving any scientific journal" (p3 of the filed report by Dr Lewis, linked above)"

Avatar of: Bob105

Bob105

Posts: 4

January 9, 2012

Why on earth would the British Medical Journal (BMJ), a once respected medical journal, hire a tabloid writer Brian Deer. Everything the BMJ published was previously written in James Murdoch's Sunday Times of London. James was on the board of directors of the manufacturer of the MMR vaccine in question. Then you have the BMJ's editor Godlee one up Deer with her slanderous nonsense. What happened to Wakefield in the UK was a modern day witchhunt. Hopefully in Texas he will finally get some justice. 

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Boenergies

Posts: 1

January 9, 2012

The "Justice" Wakefield should get is to be put in prison...He has created a bunch of BS research, and as a result put at risk a multitude of children. He ongoing popular support prays on the emotions of poor parents who are suffering with their children, and desperately looking for the causes of their predicament. You wouldn't need the modern day witch-hunt if he wasn't a modern-day witch.

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January 9, 2012

Why on earth would the British Medical Journal (BMJ), a once respected medical journal, hire a tabloid writer Brian Deer. Everything the BMJ published was previously written in James Murdoch's Sunday Times of London. James was on the board of directors of the manufacturer of the MMR vaccine in question. Then you have the BMJ's editor Godlee one up Deer with her slanderous nonsense. What happened to Wakefield in the UK was a modern day witchhunt. Hopefully in Texas he will finally get some justice. 

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January 9, 2012

The "Justice" Wakefield should get is to be put in prison...He has created a bunch of BS research, and as a result put at risk a multitude of children. He ongoing popular support prays on the emotions of poor parents who are suffering with their children, and desperately looking for the causes of their predicament. You wouldn't need the modern day witch-hunt if he wasn't a modern-day witch.

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January 9, 2012

Wakefield's lawyers threatened to sue NBC a couple years back, after Dr. Nancy Snyderman called him a "fraud" on the Today show. Wakefield backed off in exchange for a feature profile on Dateline.

http://autism-news-beat.com/ar...

Deer is a respected UK journalist whose work was thoroughly vetted by medical experts prior to publication in the BMJ.

Wakefield repeatedly called for the GMC investigation that Marty calls a 'witch hunt', then didn't call a single witness during the trial.

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 9, 2012

Everyone remotely interested in MMR_Wakefield_BMJ_Deer saga must read this report by Dr Lewis, available to download until 19 January:

http://www.yousendit.com/downl...

Dr. David Lewis, internationally known whistleblower and respected expert on institutional fraud, released a report today calling for a formal investigation into the practices of the British Medical Journal (BMJ), and specifically into the actions of its editor, Dr. Fiona Godlee, and Brian Deer, a reporter she hired to write a series of articles ...

"To support their new fraud theory, Godlee, Deer, and the BMJ's lawyers engaged in the most reprehensible conduct I have ever witnessed involving any scientific journal" (p3 of the filed report by Dr Lewis, linked above)"

Let the games begin.

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 9, 2012

Whistleblower Scientist Accuses British Medical Journal of Institutional Research MisconductActions of BMJ Editor and Reporter "More Tabloid News than Science" According to Dr. David Lewis, and "a Genuine Threat to Public Health"
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/... 

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 9, 2012

Everyone remotely interested in MMR_Wakefield_BMJ_Deer saga must read this report by Dr Lewis:

http://www.hallmanwingate.com/...

Dr. David Lewis, internationally known whistleblower and respected expert on institutional fraud, released a report today calling for a formal investigation into the practices of the British Medical Journal (BMJ), and specifically into the actions of its editor, Dr. Fiona Godlee, and Brian Deer, a reporter she hired to write a series of articles ...

"To support their new fraud theory, Godlee, Deer, and the BMJ's lawyers engaged in the most reprehensible conduct I have ever witnessed involving any scientific journal" (p3 of the filed report by Dr Lewis, linked above)"

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 9, 2012

Wakefield's lawyers threatened to sue NBC a couple years back, after Dr. Nancy Snyderman called him a "fraud" on the Today show. Wakefield backed off in exchange for a feature profile on Dateline.

http://autism-news-beat.com/ar...

Deer is a respected UK journalist whose work was thoroughly vetted by medical experts prior to publication in the BMJ.

Wakefield repeatedly called for the GMC investigation that Marty calls a 'witch hunt', then didn't call a single witness during the trial.

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 9, 2012

Everyone remotely interested in MMR_Wakefield_BMJ_Deer saga must read this report by Dr Lewis, available to download until 19 January:

http://www.yousendit.com/downl...

Dr. David Lewis, internationally known whistleblower and respected expert on institutional fraud, released a report today calling for a formal investigation into the practices of the British Medical Journal (BMJ), and specifically into the actions of its editor, Dr. Fiona Godlee, and Brian Deer, a reporter she hired to write a series of articles ...

"To support their new fraud theory, Godlee, Deer, and the BMJ's lawyers engaged in the most reprehensible conduct I have ever witnessed involving any scientific journal" (p3 of the filed report by Dr Lewis, linked above)"

Let the games begin.

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 9, 2012

Whistleblower Scientist Accuses British Medical Journal of Institutional Research MisconductActions of BMJ Editor and Reporter "More Tabloid News than Science" According to Dr. David Lewis, and "a Genuine Threat to Public Health"
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/... 

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 9, 2012

Everyone remotely interested in MMR_Wakefield_BMJ_Deer saga must read this report by Dr Lewis:

http://www.hallmanwingate.com/...

Dr. David Lewis, internationally known whistleblower and respected expert on institutional fraud, released a report today calling for a formal investigation into the practices of the British Medical Journal (BMJ), and specifically into the actions of its editor, Dr. Fiona Godlee, and Brian Deer, a reporter she hired to write a series of articles ...

"To support their new fraud theory, Godlee, Deer, and the BMJ's lawyers engaged in the most reprehensible conduct I have ever witnessed involving any scientific journal" (p3 of the filed report by Dr Lewis, linked above)"

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 9, 2012

Why on earth would the British Medical Journal (BMJ), a once respected medical journal, hire a tabloid writer Brian Deer. Everything the BMJ published was previously written in James Murdoch's Sunday Times of London. James was on the board of directors of the manufacturer of the MMR vaccine in question. Then you have the BMJ's editor Godlee one up Deer with her slanderous nonsense. What happened to Wakefield in the UK was a modern day witchhunt. Hopefully in Texas he will finally get some justice. 

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 9, 2012

The "Justice" Wakefield should get is to be put in prison...He has created a bunch of BS research, and as a result put at risk a multitude of children. He ongoing popular support prays on the emotions of poor parents who are suffering with their children, and desperately looking for the causes of their predicament. You wouldn't need the modern day witch-hunt if he wasn't a modern-day witch.

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 12, 2012

Yes, lets slap minor fines on those profiting from those 100 000's deaths from prescription drugs and send the whistleblowers to prison!

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Posts: 0

January 12, 2012

Yes, lets slap minor fines on those profiting from those 100 000's deaths from prescription drugs and send the whistleblowers to prison!

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DonCorzine

Posts: 1

January 12, 2012

Yes, lets slap minor fines on those profiting from those 100 000's deaths from prescription drugs and send the whistleblowers to prison!

Avatar of: dannygirl48

dannygirl48

Posts: 2

January 17, 2012

It is appalling to see how many people think they can comment on such an important subject when clearly they have not done any research into the facts, and still believe the myth that vaccines are necessary for the good of the majority.  They are only good for the vaccine makers who fund with massive amounts of money anyone who can further their cause.  This includes scientific magazines, the FDA, government and other bodies who have clout in the medical world.
Please take the time to look up Barbara Loe Fisher, Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride, mercola.com and find out what is going on.  You will find a great deal of information and scientific evidence, then I would challenge you to accuse Dr Wakefield of anything but one of few responsible people who has had the courage to put his credibility and career on the line.

Avatar of: dannygirl48

dannygirl48

Posts: 2

January 17, 2012

It is appalling to see how many people think they can comment on such an
important subject when clearly they have not done any research into the
facts, and still believe the myth that vaccines are necessary for the
good of the majority.  They are only good for the vaccine makers who
fund with massive amounts of money anyone who can further their cause. 
This includes scientific magazines, the FDA, government and other bodies
who have clout in the medical world.

Please take the time to look up Barbara Loe Fisher, Dr Natasha
Campbell-McBride, mercola.com and find out what is going on.  You will
find a great deal of information and scientific evidence, then I would
challenge you to accuse Dr Wakefield of anything but one of few
responsible people who has had the courage to put his credibility and
career on the line.

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 17, 2012

It is appalling to see how many people think they can comment on such an important subject when clearly they have not done any research into the facts, and still believe the myth that vaccines are necessary for the good of the majority.  They are only good for the vaccine makers who fund with massive amounts of money anyone who can further their cause.  This includes scientific magazines, the FDA, government and other bodies who have clout in the medical world.
Please take the time to look up Barbara Loe Fisher, Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride, mercola.com and find out what is going on.  You will find a great deal of information and scientific evidence, then I would challenge you to accuse Dr Wakefield of anything but one of few responsible people who has had the courage to put his credibility and career on the line.

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 17, 2012

It is appalling to see how many people think they can comment on such an
important subject when clearly they have not done any research into the
facts, and still believe the myth that vaccines are necessary for the
good of the majority.  They are only good for the vaccine makers who
fund with massive amounts of money anyone who can further their cause. 
This includes scientific magazines, the FDA, government and other bodies
who have clout in the medical world.

Please take the time to look up Barbara Loe Fisher, Dr Natasha
Campbell-McBride, mercola.com and find out what is going on.  You will
find a great deal of information and scientific evidence, then I would
challenge you to accuse Dr Wakefield of anything but one of few
responsible people who has had the courage to put his credibility and
career on the line.

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 17, 2012

It is appalling to see how many people think they can comment on such an important subject when clearly they have not done any research into the facts, and still believe the myth that vaccines are necessary for the good of the majority.  They are only good for the vaccine makers who fund with massive amounts of money anyone who can further their cause.  This includes scientific magazines, the FDA, government and other bodies who have clout in the medical world.
Please take the time to look up Barbara Loe Fisher, Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride, mercola.com and find out what is going on.  You will find a great deal of information and scientific evidence, then I would challenge you to accuse Dr Wakefield of anything but one of few responsible people who has had the courage to put his credibility and career on the line.

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 17, 2012

It is appalling to see how many people think they can comment on such an
important subject when clearly they have not done any research into the
facts, and still believe the myth that vaccines are necessary for the
good of the majority.  They are only good for the vaccine makers who
fund with massive amounts of money anyone who can further their cause. 
This includes scientific magazines, the FDA, government and other bodies
who have clout in the medical world.

Please take the time to look up Barbara Loe Fisher, Dr Natasha
Campbell-McBride, mercola.com and find out what is going on.  You will
find a great deal of information and scientific evidence, then I would
challenge you to accuse Dr Wakefield of anything but one of few
responsible people who has had the courage to put his credibility and
career on the line.

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