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May 18, 2004

"Gulf war syndrome: the legal case collapses"

United Kingdom: "An eight-year, multimillion pound legal battle by more than 2,000 veterans for compensation for Gulf war syndrome has collapsed because there is not enough scientific evidence to prove their case in court." Although the government-aided Legal Services Commission is estimated to have spent around 4m on the case, "a trawl by scientists through 10 years of research worldwide, overseen by the veterans' lawyers and funded by the LSC, has found no evidence which establishes any specific cause for the range of health problems they suffer. ... The collapse of the case comes only months after litigation by parents who blame the MMR vaccine for their children's autism suffered a similar fate, also for lack of scientific evidence to back up their claims." (see Dec. 29) (Clare Dyer, The Guardian, Feb. 5). Last year a lawsuit was filed in this country against chemical companies on behalf of Gulf War Syndrome sufferers: see Aug. 25. For more on the weakness of the scientific evidence ascribing GWS to chemicals in the environment during the first Iraq war, see Michael Fumento's work.

[cross-posted from Overlawyered, where it ran Feb. 17, 2004]

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