Federal court rejected claims that vaccines caused child autism

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On March 12, 2010, three special masters sitting in the US Court of Federal Claims rejected three compensation actions brought in a coordinated omnibus proceeding by families of autistic children who had argued that their children's autism was induced by vaccines containing mercury-laden thimerosol. The families had sought compensation under the no-fault National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Special Master Patricia Campbell-Smith wrote that petitioners had not "presented a scientifically sound theory," citing evidence that it was "biologically implausible" for their claims to be correct.



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