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Statins: Dispute over benefits to be aired in High Court case brought by GP and researcher

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: (Published 21 March 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o741
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The controversy over the benefits of statins is set to be aired in the High Court in London, in what the senior libel judge has described as the “most significant piece of defamation litigation that I have seen in a very long time.”

Mr Justice Nicklin made the comment in a preliminary ruling in a libel action by Malcolm Kendrick, a GP, and Zoe Harcombe, a researcher, author, and blogger with a PhD in public health nutrition, against Associated Newspapers, publishers of the Mail on Sunday and Mail Online, over articles that labelled them “statin deniers” whose “deadly propaganda” had endangered lives. …

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