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Federal Claims Court Continues Hearings in Case Against Vaccines 

First ever test case underway in Washington DC

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims is now hearing the first test case alleging that children have contracted autism as a result of vaccines.

The hearings, which are focused on claims from among more than 4,800 filed against the federal government during the past six years, began on June 11, 2007.

To follow the proceedings, read transcripts or listen to audio of the hearings, visit the court’s web site. 



Screen Capture ofVaccine Program/Office of Special Masters website.

Vaccine Program/Office of Special Masters
Omnibus Autism Proceeding

Docket of Omnibus Autism Proceeding
(last update 7/17/07)

(Note: Links below are original and pointing to The Archive (WaybackMachine) and most likely don’t work.)

DateDocket Entry
07/03/02Autism General Order #1
(signed by Chief Special Master Gary J. Golkiewicz)
07/08/02Discussion of Issue of “Short-Form” Petitions
(signed by Chief Special Master Gary J. Golkiewicz)
08/02/02Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents
(filed by Petitioners’ Steering Committee)
08/09/02Designation of Counsel
(Petitioners’ Steering Committee designates Jeffrey S. Thompson and Ghada A. Anis as lead counsel)
09/03/02Response to Petitioners’ Interrogatories and Request for Production of Documents
(filed by Respondent)
09/03/02Status Report
(Respondent’s report on the status of his Response to Petitioners’ Interrogatories and Request for the Production of Documents)
09/03/02Respondent’s Designation of Lead Counsel
(Respondent designates Vincent J. Matanoski and Mark C. Raby as lead counsel.
09/05/02Autism Update – September 4, 2002
(signed by Special Master George Hastings)
09/25/02Autism Update – September 25, 2002
(signed by Special Master George Hastings)
10/11/02Autism Update – October 11, 2002
(signed by Special Master George Hastings)
11/18/02Autism Update – November 18, 2002
(signed by Special Master George Hastings)
11/19/02Motion for Protective Order (filed by Respondent)
11/22/02Ruling by the Chief Special Master in Leroy v. Secretary of HHS (filed by Special Master Hastings)
11/25/02Petitioners’ Response to Respondent’s Motion for Protective Order (filed by Petitioners’ Committee)
12/19/02Order (signed by Special Master George Hastings)
12/26/02Autism Update – December 20, 2002
(signed by Special Master George Hastings)
12/27/02Motion to Withdraw the Motion for Protective Order (filed by Respondent)
 1/14/03Autism Update & Order – January 14, 2003
(signed by Special Master George Hastings)
2/26/03Autism Update & Order- February 26, 2003
(signed by Special Master George Hastings)
4/02/03Autism Update & Order- April 2, 2003
(signed by Special Master George Hastings)
5/09/03Autism Update & Order- May 9, 2003
(signed by Special Master George Hastings)
6/27/03Autism Update & Order- June 27, 2003
(signed by Special Master George Hastings)
7/30/03Response to Special Master’s Questions Concerning the “Issue of Judgments” 
8/25/03Designation of Counsel
8/22/03Petitioners’ Response to the Special Master’s Questions Regarding the Issue of Judgments
9/09/03Order Concerning Judgments Issue
9/09/03Order Placing Stewart Rulings into Master File
9/11/03Petitioners’ Steering Committee Memorandum Regarding Third Party Discovery 
9/11/03Petitioners’ Steering Committee Memorandum Regarding Serial Injury
9/24/03Autism Update & Order- September 24, 2003 (signed by Special Master George Hastings)
9/29/03Order Relating to Judgments Issue 
9/29/03Order Placing Currie document into Master File
9/30/03Petitioners’ Notice of CDC Deposition
9/30/03Petitioners’ Request for “Stehr-Green Study” Documents
10/07/03Petitioners’ Motion to Issue Third Party Subpoena (MERCK) 
10/08/03Order Placing Respondent’s Stewart Filings into Master File 
10/15/03Petitioners’ Supplemental Brief Regarding Judgments Issue 
10/17/03Respondent’s Supplemental Brief Regarding Judgments Issue 
10/20/03Order Placing More of Respondent’s Stewart Filings into Master File
10/29/03Notice Concerning Attorneys’ Fees
10/29/03Petitioners’ Revised Motion for Subpoena Re: Merck
10/30/03Briefing Order Concerning Subpoena Request Re: Merck
10/30/03Respondent’s Third Brief Re Judgments Issue
11/07/03Autism Update & Order- November 07, 2003 (signed by Special Master George Hastings)
11/14/03Merck’s Motion for Leave to Proceed 
11/14/03Merck’s Response to Petitioners’ Motion to Issue Revised Third Party Subpoena 
11/14/03Merck’s Motion for Information
11/26/03Order Re: Merck’s Information Request
11/26/03Order Re: Briefing Schedule
11/26/03Respondent’s Filing Re: Fees Issues
12/03/03Opening Brief of Aventis Pasteur, Filed Dec.3,2003
12/03/03Opening Brief of Wyeth’s, Filed Dec.3,2003
12/03/03Opening Brief of Baxter’s, Filed Dec.3,2003
12/03/03Baxter’s Motion to Intervene, Filed Dec.3,2003
12/03/03Brief of SmithKline, Filed Dec.3,2003
12/11/03Petitioners’ Reply Brief Re: Merck Discovery
12/16/03Order Re: CD ROM Filings, Filed Dec.16,2003
12/16/03Order Re: Baxter’s Participation, Filed Dec.16,2003
12/17/03Petitioners’ Notice of FDA Deposition, Filed Dec. 17, 2003
12/17/03Petitioner’s Notice of NIH Deposition, Filed Dec. 17, 2003
12/29/03Reply Brief of SmithKline, Dec. 29, 2003
12/29/03Merck’s Reply Brief, Dec. 29, 2003
12/29/03Reply Brief of Wyeth
12/30/03Reply Brief of Aventis, Dec. 30, 2003
12/30/03Motion Re: Late Brief, Dec. 30, 2003
12/31/03Order Re: Briefing Schedule
1/05/04Baxter’s Joinder in Reply Briefs
1/06/04Order Permitting Late Brief, filed Jan 6, 2004
1/06/04Order Re: Wood and Currie Opinions, filed Jan 6, 2004
1/12/04Autism Update & Order- January 12, 2004
(signed by Special Master George Hastings)
1/16/04Scheduling Order
2/09/04Scheduling Order
2/13/04Scheduling Order Feb.13
2/19/04Respondent’s Response to Scheduling Order
2/20/04Scheduling Order
2/26/04Petitioners’ Second Subpoena Request re: Merck
3/09/04Autism Update & Order- March 9, 2004
(signed by Special Master George Hastings)
3/09/04Petitioners’ Motion to Compel Government  Discovery and Supporting Memorandum
3/23/04Petitioners’ Brief Re: Merck Discovery Issue
3/26/04Petitioners’ Exhibit B
4/13/04Scheduling Order
4/20/04Scheduling Order, filed April 20, 2004
4/23/04Autism Update & Order- April 23, 2004
(signed by Special Master George Hastings)
4/26/04Merck Response re: Discovery Motion
4/26/04Merck’s Motion for Information re: Discovery
5/10/04Petitioners’ Reply Brief Re: Merck Discovery
5/17/04Order re: Merck’s Motion for Information
5/20/04Scheduling Order
5/26/04Transcript of Oral Argument Re: Merck Discovery
6/07/04Petitioners’ Reply Re: Motion to Compel Government Discovery
6/10/04Scheduling Order
6/23/04Autism Update – June 23, 2004
(signed by Special Master George Hastings)
6/28/04Petitioners’ Supplemental Reply Re: Motion to Compel Government Discovery
7/14/04Scheduling Order
7/16/04Ruling Concerning Motion For Discovery From Merck Re: MMR Vaccine
8/30/04Autism Update – August 30, 2004
(signed by Special Master George Hastings)
9/14/04Notice Re: Judicial Conference
9/29/04Transcript of Oral Argument Re: Government Discovery
10/07/04Petitioners’ Exhibits Re: Hearing of 9-23-04
10/28/04Autism Update – October 28, 2004
(signed by Special Master George Hastings)
11/12/04Transcript of Oral Argument Re: Government Discovery
12/23/04Autism Update – December 23, 2004
(signed by Special Master George Hastings)
2/24/05Autism Update – February 24, 2005
(signed by Special Master George Hastings)
4/08/05Petitioners’ Amended Motion to Compel Discovery
4/14/05Discovery Order
4/28/05Autism Update – April 28, 2005
(signed by Special Master George Hastings)
6/14/05Petitioners’ Filing Re: Timing of Expert Reports
6/15/05Order Re: Document Service
6/27/05Autism Update – June 27, 2005
(signed by Special Master George Hastings)
7/12/05Respondents’ Filing Re: Timing of Expert Reports
7/13/05Respondents’ Correction of Service
8/10/05Autism – Judicial Conference
8/11/05Ruling Concerning Issue of Time
9/12/05Judicial Conference and Special “In-Person” Autism Status Conference
9/12/05Order Re: Document Service
9/29/05Autism Update – September 29, 2005
(signed by Special Master George Hastings)
11/23/05Order Re: Electronic Filing and Filing of Medical Records on Optical Disc
12/22/05Autism Update – December 22, 2005
(signed by Special Master George Hastings)
1/31/06Scheduling Order
1/31/06PSC Expert Reports Re: Requests for Extension
1/31/06Order Allowing Additional Time for Petitioner to File a List of Experts
2/14/06Petitioners’ Initial Disclosure of Experts
2/17/06Order Re: Transmission of Documents
3/22/06Supplement to Petitioners’ Disclosure of Experts
3/28/06Notice Re Judicial Conference and Potential Vaccine-Related and  Autism-Related Activities
4/21/06Second Ruling Concerning Issue of Time for Filing Expert Reports
5/10/06Respondent’s Motion for Enlargement of Time, Re: Witness List
5/11/06Omnibus Order Granting Time Extension
5/16/06Autism Update – May 16, 2006
(signed by Special Master George Hastings)
6/15/06Respondent’s Notice of Expert Witnesses
6/26/06CVs of Petitioners’ Experts (click on expert’s name to access CV)
7/18/06Petitioners’ Proposal re General Causation Proceedings
7/27/06Respondent’s Amendment re Expert Witnesses
9/01/06Supplemental Notice Re Judicial Conference
9/07/06Autism Update – September 07, 2006
(signed by Special Master George Hastings)
11/27/06Autism Update – November 27, 2006
(signed by Special Master George Hastings)
12/08/06Petitioners’ Exhibits 1-85 
12/08/06Petitioners’ Second “Motion to Compel” and Exhibits 86-90 
12/13/06Petitioners’ Exhibits 91(Expert re-analysis of TSA) 
1/09/07Petitioners’ Second Proposal Re General Causation Hearing 
1/10/07Petitioners’ Exhibits 92-94 (Additional Expert Designations) 
1/11/07Notice Regarding Reassignment of Autism Cases to Additional Special Masters 
1/19/07Respondent’s Response to Petitioners’ Second Motion to Compel 
1/19/07Autism Update – January 19, 2007
(signed by Special Masters George Hastings, Denise Vowell and Patricia Campbell-Smith)
1/26/07Respondent’s Response to Petitioners’ Proposed Conduct of General Causation Hearing
1/31/07Scheduling Order
(signed by Special Masters George Hastings, Denise Vowell and Patricia Campbell-Smith)
2/13/07Order Granting Time Extension 
2/15/07Omnibus Order Granting Time Extension
2/26/07PSC Reply Re: General Causation Proceedings
2/26/07Objection of Non-Party Managed Care Organizations to Petitioners’ Motion to Compel and for Issuing Third-Party Subpoenas
3/09/07Roster of Petitioner’s Steering Committee 
3/12/07Order Granting Time Extension 
3/14/07Autism Update – March 14, 2007
(signed by Special Masters George Hastings, Denise Vowell and Patricia Campbell-Smith)
3/19/07PSC Reply Re: Motion to Compel 
3/20/07Procedural Order
3/22/07Order Attaching PSC’s Position Regarding ‘Access’ Issue 
3/23/07Respondent’s Notice of Expert Witnesses 
3/26/07Respondent’s Second Opposition Re: Motion to Compel
3/28/07MCO’s Second Opposition to Petitioner’s Motion to Compel 
4/03/07Respondent’s Position Regarding Public Access 
4/04/07Procedural Order
4/09/07PSC Update Re: Test Case Designations 
4/17/07Scheduling Order
4/18/07PSC Response Re: Public Access
4/27/07Scheduling Order
4/27/07Order Adjusting Document Service Procedures in OAP
4/27/07Respondent’s “Motion for Appropriate Relief”
5/22/07Respondent’s Brief Regarding the Daubert Standard
5/25/07Ruling Concerning Petitioners “Second Motion To Compel”
5/25/07Autism Update – May 25, 2007
(signed by Special Masters Patricia Campbell-Smith, Denise Vowell and George Hastings)
5/29/07Order Denying Exclusion Motions In Cedillo Test Case
5/30/07Order Denying Respondent’s Motion for Appropriate Relief
6/1/07Notice of Change of Hearing Schedule
6/5/07Order Concerning Case Processing
6/11/07Order 
6/12/07List of Expert Witnesses 
6/25/07PSC Proposal RE Second Causation Theory
7/12/07Autism Update – July 12, 2007
(signed by Special Masters Patricia Campbell-Smith, Denise Vowell and George Hastings)
7/10/07PSC Amendment of Second Motion to Compel

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