A-CHAMP TO PROVIDE DAILY LEGAL REPORTING
ON CEDILLO HEARING IN VACCINE COURT
New York, New York
June 4, 2007
Robert J. Krakow, Esq. 516-354-3300
A-CHAMP, an organization that advocates for children with vaccine injuries and autism, is pleased to announce that it will be providing daily reporting and commentary on the proceedings in Cedillo v. The Department of Health and Human Services, the first case to be heard of the more than 4800 pending in the vaccine court’s Omnibus Autism Proceeding. The Cedillo case, which will be heard beginning June 11, 2007 by three Special Masters of the United States Court of Federal Claim will consider one theory relating to the claim that vaccines are a contributing causal factor in autism.
Mary Holland, Esq., who teaches law at New York University Law School, will be posting daily commentary on the proceedings on the A-CHAMP blog at http://achampblog.org. Ms. Holland has a child who has been diagnosed with autism but does not have a legal claim pending regarding her child’s disorder.
The goal of A-CHAMP’s reporting by Ms. Holland will be to provide incisive and accurate summaries of the proceedings. The proceedings, which are unprecedented in the history of tort litigation, have been a subject of confusion and controversy among parents. We hope that by elucidating the complexities of the proceedings parents will be placed in an improved position to understand the nature of the issues that will be decided in the vaccine court.
A-CHAMP will also be posting background articles and relevant documents on its website that will be linked to achampblog.org. As the Cedillo case proceeds A-CHAMP invites those who follow the proceedings to comment on it and on our reporting and commentary.
While it has been described as a “test” case the decision in the Cedillo case will not be binding on any other case nor is it necessarily representative of any other case. Many of the facts that likely will emerge in the Cedillo case will also very likely be unique to that case. Nevertheless, as the first legal proceeding in which the substantive claim that vaccines cause autism will be considered, the Cedillo case has historic implications.
For that reason and many others ACHAMP will be there to offer information and commentary to interested parents and others.
To register for daily audio feeds of the Cedillo proceedings go to:
To view the public documentary record of the Omnibus Autism Proceeding, obtain files containing the proceedings beginning June 11, and other relevant links go to:
A brief biography of Mary Holland, Esq. will be posted at achampblog.org.