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Law of Swine Flu

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Because I’ve realized that I currently have a very expensive Westlaw account for free, I’ve taken to abusing that privilege by researching things that I doubt any sensible client will ever pay me for.

Since the word of the day is “swine flu” I’ve learned that

  • This is not the first swine flu epidemic. “The Swine Flu Act of 1976 was an attempt by the Federal Government to inoculate the entire adult population of the United States against the threat of a swine flu epidemic. It was the largest immunization program in this country’s history and over forty-five million Americans-or one-third of the adult population-were vaccinated.” In re Swine Flu Immunization Products Liability Litigation, 533 F.Supp. 567 (D.C.Colo., 1980).
  • A trial court may also appoint a panel of experts for assistance in resolving particularly complex issues, but that an expert with a doctorate degree in clinical immunology is not qualified to give an opinion on the relationship between swine flu vaccination and Guillain-Barre syndrome. Gates v. U.S., 707 F.2d 1141, 13 Fed. R. Evid. Serv. 712 (10th Cir. 1983).
  • The law of the situs of vaccination applies. Id.
  • Evidence of habit is highly probative in a products liability action for the purpose of showing that a person acted in conformity with his or her habit on a particular occasion. In re Swine Flu, 533 F Supp at 569.

I wonder where I could find a good pork chop… I feel like being swined and dined tonight.

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  1. lukegilman says:

    Swine Flu PSAs from 1976 via boing boing

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