Friday, April 04, 2008

Neurodiversity blogger subpoenaed in "vaccine-autism link" lawsuit

Kathleen Seidel, of Neurodiversity Blog, has been subpoenaed by the plaintiffs' lawyer in a lawsuit claiming that vaccines caused autism. It appears that this subpoena may be retributive action from the lawyer for the plaintiffs, whom Seidel criticized a few weeks ago.

She has since filed a motion to quash the subpoena because she is uninvolved in the Sykes v. Bayer case other than as an independent blogger who has discussed issues related to neurobiology and autism.

This action has many potential impacts for the medical and legal arenas, and opens up the possibility of harassment and undue barriers for bloggers if they can be required to produce the amount of paperwork required in a subpoena at the drop of a hat by a bitter lawyer who perpetuates fraud.

More from:

* Pure Pedantry

* Pharyngula


Edward Ott said...

so if i express an opinion in a letter to the editor or if a columnist expresses an opinion they can be sued. next what let us start sueing stand up comics for what they say.

Kelly Hills said...

Makes you wanna go double check your own posts, eh?