October 25, 2021


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Tags: Award, Case, Damages, Judith, university, Utah, Zimmerman


Categories: autism

$760,00zero Damages Award in Dr. Judith Zimmerman v. College of Utah Case

Note: Below is an announcement regarding Dr. Judith Zimmerman. Mark Blaxill, AofA editor at Largte, wrote the Utah whistleblower and autism writer Speak Out on the Autism Epidemic from CDC last June. Congratulations Dr. Zimmermann on this arduous journey.


A Utah jury has awarded a former University of Utah autism researcher $ 760,000 in damages for the university’s retaliation against her for reporting research misconduct.

From 2005 to 2013, Dr. Judith Zimmerman Faculty of Psychiatry at the University of Utah and 2012 Director of the Utah Registry for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (URADD) and Principal Investigator (PI) of a CDC grant of $ 600,000 per year that came with the collection of data on children with autism for the URADD database. In the summer of 2012, Dr. Zimmerman went to various university regulatory agencies, including the Research Integrity Office and the Office of General Counsel, over concerns that a statistician she hired and later fired from work on the CDC fellowship had been fired. Dr. Amanda Bakian had made a copy of the URADD data, which contained identifiable health and education data on children with autism, and sent it to Dr. William McMahon and Dr. Deborah passed pictures to two researchers in the department of psychiatry who did not have permission to access or use the data. After learning of her complaints, Dr. McMahon in December 2012 Dr. Zimmerman informed that her annual contract, which expired on June 30, 2013, will not be renewed. A few days later, Dr. McMahon Dr. Zimmerman as director of URADD and made Dr. Pictures to the director. In January 2013, Dr. McMahon Dr. Zimmerman informed that she could no longer access or collect data for the CDC fellowship, and in February 2013 he removed her as a PI for the fellowship and made Dr. Pictures of the preliminary PI. Dr. McMahon then made himself the PI of the scholarship. On February 26, 2013, Dr. McMahon sent her staff a memorandum informing them that Dr. and that the staff “tests by Dr. Zimmermann must report to receive data or to enter the building ”.

Dr. Zimmerman first sued the university in federal court, making a claim under the Utah Whistleblower Act and breach of contract based on the university’s violation of the anti-retaliation provisions of its research misconduct policy, which promised to protect jobs and reputation of employees who have complained about scientific misconduct. The federal court dismissed the breach of contract lawsuit on grounds of jurisdiction, and Dr. Zimmerman resubmitted it to the state court. However, the whistleblower allegation was heard in federal court in August 2018. Bakian and Bilder pointed to a data-sharing agreement that was allegedly made between them and a Utah Department of Health (UDOH) official Barry Nangle for giving them permission to access and use URADD data – that Behavior of Dr. Zimmerman complained about this when she was fired. The federal jury determined that with the dismissal of Dr. Zimmerman had violated the Utah Whistleblower Act but in this case her compensation was limited to damage she suffered after her notice of termination took effect on June 30, 2013. Download the judgment of October 22, 2021


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