Moberly v. Sec'y of Health & Human Serv., No. 09-5057 - Federal Circuit
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Moberly v. Sec'y of Health & Human Serv., No. 09-5057

In plaintiff's petition seeking compensation on behalf of her infant daughter under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, 42 U.S.C. sections 300aa-1 and 300aa-34, claiming that the DPT vaccine caused her daughter's seizures, decision by the Court of Federal Claims upholding the special master's finding that the plaintiffs failed to establish causation is affirmed where: 1) determination by the special master and the Court of Federal Claims that no treating physician ever drew a causal link between the child's seizures and the vaccination is neither arbitrary not capricious; 2) the special master did not err in concluding that the blood-brain barrier theory did not support the plaintiffs' claim of causation; 3) the special master properly held that the plaintiffs could not rely on the NCES (British epidemiological study) to prove causation because they failed to establish that the child would have been regarded as a "case child" within the scope of that study; and 4) the special master applied the correct legal standard and found, based in part on the unconvincing nature of the expert evidence and the lack of credibility of the plaintiffs' expert, that the plaintiffs failed to prove causation by a preponderance of the evidence.   

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Appellate Information

Appealed from: United States Court of Federal Claims

Decided January 13, 2010

Judges

Before:  Bryson, Prost, and Moore, Circuit Judges

Opinion by  Bryson,  Circuit Judge

Counsel

For Appellant:  Kevin P. Conway, Homer and  Chin-Caplan, PC

For Appellee:  Voris, E. Johnson, Jr., US Department of Justice, Civil Division