Doctor could face financial ruin even if he wins libel case

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 16 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c967
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    An attempt to settle a libel battle between the British cardiologist Peter Wilmshurst and the US medical device manufacturer NMT Medical by mediation has failed, and the case now seems headed for a trial that could prove financially ruinous for him even if he wins.

    NMT is opposing an application by Dr Wilmshurst’s solicitor, Mark Lewis, for the company to pay into court enough money to guarantee that his legal costs will be reimbursed if he successfully defends its libel action against him.

    The company, which is based in Boston, Massachusetts, is suing him over remarks he made to a US website alleging …

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