It really is bizarro day: Andrew Wakefield sues Brian Deer, BMJ

Late yesterday, I got word that Andrew Wakefield — the the anti-vaccine leader who has lost his medical license, drew blood from his child’s friends at a birthday party, headlined a rally with 9/11 Truthers, and had his signature paper retracted — sued investigative journalist Brian Deer and British Medical Journal editor Fiona Godlee. For defamation. In Texas.

That’s not a joke (and, as Amy Wallace can tell you, no matter how ridiculous a lawsuit might seem, it can still be incredibly painful and time consuming to deal with). The PDF of Wakefield’s complaint is online; this section actually made me laugh out loud:

The Defamatory Statements were and are false and written and published with actual malice and intended to cause damage to Dr. Wakefield’s reputation and work as a researcher, academic, and physician and to permanently impair his reputation and his livelihood.

I haven’t had a chance to dive into this yet, but Orac at Respectful Insolence and Sullivan at Left Brain/Right Brain have the goods.

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