There was no money for the families to be awarded.
"The Civil Division requests that its current reimbursement level of $6,833,000 be increased by $1,000,000, for a total of 41 FTE and $7,833,000. Approval of this request is required to litigate about 4,800 pending autism cases that are expected to become active in FY 2009. The $1,000,000 will provide critical Automated Litigation Support services that facilitate efficient claims processing and resolution.
This litigation arises from claims that vaccines or a vaccine preservative, thimerosal, can cause autism. Up to $5 billion is at stake – an amount that exceeds the balance in the VICP Trust Fund. It is imperative that the Division be adequately staffed and prepared to handle the activated cases. http://www.usdoj.gov/jmd/2009justification/office/fy09-civ-justification.doc
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