In November 2009, Amy Wallace wrote a pro-vaccination article focusing on Paul Offit for Wired Magazine. It was a fantastic and well-researched article which highlighted the unscientific claims that anti-vaxers use to instil fear in parents. When it went live the anti-vaxers were not impressed and “fought” back by trying to discredit Wallace.
Now, one of these anti-vaxers, Barbara Loe Fisher from the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), is so offended by how she and her views were portrayed in this article that on December 23rd she filed a defamation case against Offit, Wallace and Wired magazine. Read about this case over at The Sceptics’ Book of Pooh-Pooh.
Now if the quote by Offit is correct then Fisher may have a case against him for defaming her by saying that she lies, but I think Fisher is really grasping at straws by trying to also sue Wallace and Wired as well.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the US courts and if the judge decides to throw any of it out due to lack of evidence.