One of the lawyers in Jonathan Harr’s fine book, A Civil Action, represented the families in this case.
U.S. Court Finds No Link Between Vaccines, Autism
By Shankar Vedantam
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, February 13, 2009; A01
A special federal court ruled yesterday that vaccines do not cause autism and that thousands of families with autistic children are not entitled to compensation, delivering a major blow to an international movement that has tried for years to link childhood immunizations with the devastating disorder. (The Globe ran the Post story.)
Boston lawyer Kevin Conway represents people who become ill from vaccines. His firm, then known as Schlichtmann, Conway & Crowley, was the subject of Harr's narrative. The book follows the a lawsuit filed by eight Woburn families who claimed water pollution from local factories led to the town’s high leukemia rate. (Actor Tony Shalhoub played Conway in the movie.)