Wilmshurst faces new libel claim over comments on freedom of speech

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 28 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1984
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The US manufacturer of medical devices that is suing the British cardiologist Peter Wilmshurst for libel in the High Court in London over comments he made about a clinical trial has launched a fresh libel claim against him.

NMT Medical, which is based in Boston, Massachusetts, claims that Dr Wilmshurst libelled the company on 27 November 2009 when he was interviewed for the BBC Radio 4 Today news programme about the chilling effect of the libel laws in England and Wales on scientific and medical debate.

The company issued …

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