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Grey lectures at childhood vaccines meeting

October 05, 2009

Professor Betsy Grey, of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, recently participated in a meeting of the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines, where she spoke about the development of cause-in-fact jurisprudence under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

Grey, a Faculty Fellow in the Center for the Study of Law, Science, & Technology, spoke at the Sept. 17 meeting about how to prove under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Program whether a vaccine has caused an injury. She reviewed the jurisprudence that has been developed under the program by federal courts, and made comparisons in the field to a traditional toxic tort case.

"The hard issue is what constitutes sufficient evidence to meet the petitioner's burden in making a claim for compensation under the program," said Grey who, with College of Law colleagues Michael Saks, Regents' Professor, and Roselle Wissler, Research Director of the Lodestar Dispute Resolution Program, is studying the use of no-fault compensation systems to litigate health-care injury disputes.

The Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines makes recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on issues relating to the operation of the compensation program. It was created by Congress to ensure an adequate supply of vaccines, stabilize vaccine costs, and establish and maintain an accessible and efficient forum for individuals thought to be injured by childhood vaccines.

Grey publishes and teaches on issues of tort law, products liability and mass tort litigation, as well as neuroscience and law, and has presented to judicial conferences and other professional groups on these issues. Her recent scholarly work has focused on the study of no-fault compensation systems in the United States, as well as the impact of advancements in neuroscience on tort law.

Janie Magruder,
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Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law