Across the street from the White House, there is a small court staffed by eight judges. Despite its high-profile location, few people know what this court does and why it exists.
Without it, the face of American health care could be radically different. And the structure of this court could hold the key to figuring out how the world of self-driving cars will unfold.
In the 1970s and 1980s, health care providers were seeing a troubling trend: Some children were suffering severe brain injuries after getting the DPT vaccine, which protects against diphtheria, pertussis (otherwise known as whooping cough) and tetanus.
The injuries put the pharmaceutical industry in retreat. The children's families had begun suing the vaccine manufacturers, some winning $5 million or more in settlements.