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Supreme Court: Vaccine makers cannot be sued

The Supreme Court ruled a federal law shielded vaccine-makers from certain product-liability lawsuits in state court that seek damages for serious health problems suffered by children.
/ Source: Reuters

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a federal law bars lawsuits against drug makers for the serious side effects from childhood vaccines.

By a 6-2 vote, the court ruled against the parents of a child who sued the drug maker Wyeth in Pennsylvania state court for the health problems they say their daughter, now 19, suffered from a vaccine she received in infancy.

Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the court, said Congress set up a special vaccine court to handle such claims as a way to provide compensation to injured children without driving drug manufacturers from the vaccine market.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.