In Simon Singh news…

By skepticlawyer

From the BBC:

The British Chiropractic Association has dropped its libel action against the science writer Simon Singh.

Dr Singh was being sued by the organisation because of comments he had made about the effectiveness of chiropractic in the Guardian in 2008.

The case itself had sparked an intense debate about the role of libel actions in areas of scientific controversy.

Dr Singh recently won an appeal that would have allowed him to use the fair comment defence in the case.

An unsurprising result, and very good for science writing and Simon Singh, but which does leave a host of legal complexities (discussed in my earlier post on this topic) unaddressed.

2 Comments

  1. Martha Maus
    Posted April 16, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Turned tail and ran, the cowards. I, like you, Skepticlawyer, would have preferred a clean KO with some useful precedent. A bit self centred of us I suppose, Singh is probably breathing a sigh of relief, after all, he is the one fighting the weasels on behalf of the general populace.

  2. Posted April 16, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Martha, we can but hope! The fact that they went after Singh personally (rather than his employer, the rather more cashed up newspaper) always struck me as verging on malice. To settle his issue properly is going to take people on both sides with a lot of money and — if possible — even more at stake.

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