A rider to the Homeland Security Act has dealt a significant blow to suits claiming that mercury-containing preservative thimerosal, used in childhood vaccines, is linked to autism. The amendment has the effect of making any claim against thimerosal a claim against the vaccine. Plaintiffs' attorneys had been trying to describe thimerosal as a contaminant, which would allow suits to avoid vaccine court and go forward in state courts.
Suits Over Mercury-Containing Vaccines May Be Down for the Count
The National Law Journal
November 27, 2002