Wakefield vs BMJ lawsuit dismissed on jurisdiction grounds

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Andrew Wakefield’s lawsuit against the British Medical Journal (BMJ), Brian Deer and Fiona Godlee has been thrown out based on a lack of jurisdiction. Put plainly, he doesn’t have the standing to sue any of the parties involved as they are outside the U.S..

Had the lawsuit not been dismissed the BMJ team was prepared to fight the case on the facts. This is evidenced by vigorous response they made to the lawsuit, as well as supplemental filings.

Mr. Wakefield may have the opportunity to appeal the dismissal.

Mr. Wakefield’s home town newspaper, the Austin Statesman, has reported already on this in Wakefield can’t sue U.K. journal, editor and reporter in Texas

They write:

Godlee and Deer called the case frivolous and said it fit a pattern of Wakefield trying to silence his critics with lawsuits.

“We’re very pleased with the court’s decision,” said defense attorney Marc Fuller…

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