ACL has taken a case against the State and the producers of the vaccine (GlaxoSmithKline) for producing, approving, distributing and promoting a medicinal product they knew to be untested and dangerous relative to other flu vaccines on the market.

The litigation has been attracting some media attention of late as the “lead” case has now reached the Discovery stage and in July there will be a hearing in the High Court of the Plaintiff’s Motion for Discovery. This hearing will be the first time the key features of the case and the disputes between the parties will be presented to the court and it is also likely to be the last significant milestone in the process prior to setting the lead case down for a full hearing of the matter.

Some categories of documents have already been agreed with the State but others are resisted. These documents are relevant to the question of whether or not the public were adequately informed of the safety of the vaccine and availability of safer alternatives so as to allow them to make an informed decision on the vaccine they wished to use. The State denies certain documents are relevant to the case against them and furthermore deny they owed any duty of care to the public given the emergency situation they were presented with.

No categories of documents have been agreed with GlaxoSmithKline as of yet as they claim the request is too onerous to comply with.

Further details about Narcolepsy and our ongoing litigation can be found here:

If you have any further queries, please contact Michael Boylan, Partner and Head of Medical Negligence Group

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20 June 2016

    Gillian and all at Augustus Cullen Law, A million thanks for a great job done. Justice for our son at last!!

    Catherine, Liam & William

    Dear Michael, A great result was achieved because of your efforts and we were truly blessed to have you on our side.

    Kathleen, Medical Negligence Client

    Dear Joice…you are and have been very professional, sympathetic and dignified in all of your dealings with us and I put that down to one simple fact. You listened.

    James, Medical Negligence Client

    Geraldine, Thank you most sincerely for all your hard work and commitment to these children.

    Freda McKittrick, Head of Barnardos Beacon Guardian Ad Litem service

    Neil is an absolute gentleman to deal with – kind, tactful and very efficient. We could not praise him highly enough. He brought us through a horrible time.

    Sean, Medical Negligence Client

    Many thanks again for a job well done. We really appreciate all your hard work and practical advice.

    Corporate client in a commercial litigation matter

    Dear Jamie, You and your team in ACL were so professional, diligent and prompt. I have recommended you and the firm, and will continue to do so

    Lorraine McCarthy

    Gus Cullen and the firm’s approach to addressing the key issues was professional, yet personal, efficient yet attentive.


    The process is a difficult one and when you deal with people who are so professional and yet genuine/real people, it makes it so much easier... so thanks a million.


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