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Justices rule for drug makers in vaccine dispute

The Supreme Court ruled for drug manufacturers Tuesday, deciding that a case brought by a Pennsylvania family who says their child was injured by a vaccine cannot be heard outside of a court created to hear such claims.

The Bruesewitz family engaged in what they called a "fight for justice," claiming that a combined disease-prevention booster shot left their then-infant daughter with severe physical injuries. But the justices, by a 6-2 vote, concluded that drug makers cannot be sued outside a special judicial forum set up by Congress in 1986 to address specific claims over safety.

The so-called "vaccine court," which has handled such disputes, was designed to ensure a reliable, steady supply of vaccines by reducing the threat of expensive lawsuits against pharmaceutical firms.

Read the complete CNN story, "Justices rule for drug makers in vaccine dispute."

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