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Chiropractors drop their libel action against science writer Simon Singh

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 15 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2086
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) has dropped its libel action against science writer Simon Singh, after a landmark appeal court judgment in his favour two weeks ago (BMJ 2010;340:c1895, doi: 10.1136/bmj.c1895).

    The association sued Dr Singh over an April 2008 comment piece in the Guardian newspaper that accused the association of “happily promoting bogus treatments” for such childhood ailments as colic and asthma.

    The association won a ruling from high court judge Mr Justice Eady that this was a statement of fact rather than opinion, and that Dr Singh had accused the association of dishonesty.

    But that judgment was overturned by the Court of Appeal, which said, on 1 April, that the statement was fair comment …

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