Unsinkable rubber Wakefields
It appears that the disgraced researcher, Andrew Wakefield, is at it again. This time he's suing the BMJ and Brian Deer in a Texas court. Why Texas? He's tried this before in the UK and failed. TheScientist magazine claim he said he'd be "vulnerable to being struck out as an abuse of process."
Perhaps there's a reason for that...
From the sound of it he's going to have a hard time there too. Texas has recently adopted
anti-SLAPP laws that allow the defendants to require the plaintiff in libel cases to first establish that they have a valid basis for the case before it goes any further. In order to do that Wakefield would need to prove Deer's research for his articles to be fraudulent.
I don't see that happening.