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Autism omnibus trial

Chemical structure of thiomersal. The large, light grey atom is the dreaded "Hg".

On June 11, 2007 the US Court of Federal Claims opened hearings on what has been dubbed the autism omnibus trial. This omnibus trial stems from over 4,800 lawsuits that were filed by families, claiming that thiomersal contained in earlier vaccinations, and the measles in the mumps-measles-rubella (MMR) vaccine, played a causal role in the development of autism in their children. The case concluded in February 2009, ruling that the plaintiffs who claimed MMR and thiomersal-containing vaccines caused autism were not entitled to compensation.

This article discusses many of the aspects of the cases as well as the evidence presented.