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The history behind MMR Litigation

Problems with MMR started in 1992.  For more information please read on below. 

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  1. In September 1992 two brands of MMR were no longer used because of safety concerns with respect to the Urabe mumps vaccine virus and aseptic meningitis. In 2002 the Chairman of the Committee on Safety of Medicines stated: “This risk to children of a potentially serious neurological complication makes its use unacceptable...”
  2. The MMR MR vaccine litigation involved around 1,600 Claimants. The claims were brought under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 against the vaccine companies, costing millions in Legal Aid fees, but no compensation was obtained for any Claimant.
  3. The scope of the litigation was defined by a Practice Direction issued on 8 July 1999: “This Practice Direction applies to all proceedings in which the Claimant claims damages for personal injuries alleged to have arisen out of the inoculation of any vaccines against the illnesses of Mumps and/or Measles and Rubella, such vaccines having been manufactured and/or supplied by the Defendants...” 
  4. The injuries alleged are believed to have included autism, bowel problems, epilepsy, brain damage (including meningitis, cerebral palsy, encephalopathy, encephalitis), behaviour and learning problems, arthritis and arthralgia, deafness in one or both ears, myalgic encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue. 
  5. The lead Claimants in the MMR MR vaccine litigation alleged conditions of autistic spectrum disorder with or without bowel disorder based on the hypothetical persistence of measles vaccine virus in body tissues.
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Luke Patel
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0113 227 9316
LPatel@LawBlacks.com

Luke Patel qualified as a Solicitor in London in 1995 and has worked at Blacks Solicitors since 1998, where he is now a Partner and Head of the Commercial Dispute Resolution and Personal Injury & Medical Negligence teams.

Luke acts for a broad range of clients from owner managed businesses to charities and international organisations, undertaking a variety of commercial chancery work including: company and contractual disputes; director/shareholder disputes; disputes concerning trustees; professional negligence; defamation; privacy; and property litigation (including landlord and tenant matters).

He has a particular experience in dealing with complex charity disputes concerning religious organisations (temples, gurdwaras and mosques) acting for both trustees, executive committees and congregation members in group type actions.

Luke has also had several reported cases in the Court of Appeal. One successful matter included advising a prominent religious leader where permission was secured to appeal to the Court of Appeal, and the case went on to the Supreme Court.

Recognised by the Legal 500 as being “an exceptional litigator”, “very client focused, driven by getting the right outcome for his clients and always delivering an impeccable service”. Luke was also awarded the Best Professional in Business Award at the English Asian Business Awards 2013.

Nathan Clay
Nathan Clay
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Nathan Clay joined Blacks Solicitors in 2012 and is an Associate Solicitor in the Personal Injury and Medical Negligence team.

He graduated in 1996 and was a Claims Handler at a large insurance firm in Leeds before moving to a solicitors practice in York.

Whilst working there he studied for the LPC part-time at the College of Law and qualified in 2001.

Nathan has extensive experience of handling cases for Claimants and Defendants, including medical negligence claims against hospitals, GPs, and dentists. He also deals with claims for accidents at work, in public and road traffic accidents (RTAs).

He is experienced at dealing with complex and high value cases, and has a particular interest in spinal and brain injury cases, and claims for motorcyclists.

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Tina Tosney
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