Wakefield suit thrown out of Texas court

In a followup to this story, Wakefield’s defamation case is thrown out.

Wakefield can’t sue U.K. journal, editor and reporter in Texas | Salud.

Andrew Wakefield, who was stripped of his British medical license in 2010 for autism research that ignited a worldwide vaccine scare, cannot sue a U.K. medical journal, its editor and a British reporter for defamation in Texas, a judge in Austin ruled today.

In a one-paragraph order, Travis County District Judge Amy Clark Meachum said Texas courts don’t have jurisdiction over the parties Wakefield sued. She tossed out the case.

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 at Vinson & Elkins in Dallas. “We stood behind the reporting in the case, and from our perspective, it’s over.”

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Wakefield thinks he has a good case but he doesn’t at all. Deer, et al had filed an anti-SLAPP motion. Wakefield plans to appeal.

  5 comments for “Wakefield suit thrown out of Texas court

  1. Nigel
    August 3, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Wakefield couldn’t possibly believe Texas would have jurisdiction, right? Publicity stunt? Desperate?

  2. Yarro
    August 3, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    I think it’s a case of forum shopping. Seeking a court that is most likely to give a favourable verdict.
    Doesn’t Wakefield live in Texas?
    Didn’t work out and rightly so.

  3. Drivebyposter
    August 3, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Wakefield has lost a lot of support in the anti-vaxx movement. I think this was an attempt to get some of the spotlight (and money) back and reclaim his self-proclaimed status as victim.

  4. Ryuthrowsstuff
    August 4, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Its strange he didn’t sue in England. UK libel law lets a person sue regardless of where they live or where the defendant is located/where the supposed libel took place. And the laws heavily favor the accuser.

    Given that Wakefield is British maybe he wore out his welcome over there and assumed US law is the same.

  5. Chris
    August 6, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Well, it didn’t work there:

    Plus it gave Brian Deer access for a short time to some documents that Wakefield did not want him to see.

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