Commercial website publishers use false and misleading information to create distrust of vaccines by claiming vaccines are ineffective and contain contaminants that cause autism and other disorders. The misinformation has resulted in decreased childhood vaccination rates and imperiled the public by allowing resurgence of vaccine-preventable illnesses. This Article argues that tort liability attaches to publishers of commercial websites for foreseeable harm that results when websites dissuade parents from vaccinating their children in favor of purchasing alternative products offered for sale on the websites.
Arthur, Donald C.
"Negative Portrayal of Vaccines by Commercial Websites: Tortious Misrepresentation,"
University of Massachusetts Law Review: Vol. 11
, Article 1.
Available at: http://scholarship.law.umassd.edu/umlr/vol11/iss2/1