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Supreme Court OKs limits on child vaccine lawsuits

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a federal law that bars lawsuits against drug makers for the serious side effects from childhood vaccines.

By a 6-2 vote on Tuesday, 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.

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  1. Way to go Supreme Court. Great way to look out for big business. The government allows companies to fast track vaccines to market, and then the governmnet forces everyone to vaccinate with no regards to the individual. Even right now in the state of WA the governmnet is tring to take away informed constent from parents. Which makes me wonder why if these vaccines are really so effective and so safe. Why does our government have to force us to vaccinate and why do these comanies need special protection from the people they disable?