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A very bad day for quacks and charlatans…

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Via Jourdemayne

Paragraph 34:

“We would respectfully adopt what Judge Easterbrook, now Chief Judge of the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, said in a libel action over a scientific controversy, Underwager v Salter 22 Fed. 3d 730 (1994):

“[Plaintiffs] cannot, by simply filing suit and crying ‘character assassination!’, silence those who hold divergent views, no matter how adverse those views may be to plaintiffs’ interests. Scientific controversies must be settled by the methods of science rather than by the methods of litigation. … More papers, more discussion, better data, and more satisfactory models – not larger awards of damages – mark the path towards superior understanding of the world around us.” “

England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) Decisions
British Chiropractic Association v Singh [2010]
EWCA Civ 350 (01 April 2010)
Crown copyright

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April 1, 2010 at 5:34 pm

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Simon Singh wins make-or-break libel appeal against the British Chiropractic Association

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1. From Dr Evan Harris MP (via Twitter), outside the Royal Courts of Justice:

“The judgment is simon…. Wins!”

2. Further updates from blogger and libel reform champion JackofKent.

3. Further background on the case here.

4. Via Index on Censorship – photo of Simon Singh speaking immediately after the ruling.

5. Via James o’ Malley. Audio of Simon Singh and his lawyer speaking about the case immediately after the ruling – link here.

6. “Love and Garbage” reports that the full ruling should be available on this page later today.

7. The British Chiropractic Association have reportedly issued a statement responding to the ruling…

8. A brief report on the ruling from the BBC.

9. A report on the ruling from the Independent.

10. Lay Science publishes statement from the BCA

11. BCA statement (PDF) now on their website (pdf).

12. Full court ruling now on Index on Censorship website.

13. Live audio from the Simon Singh press conference from James O” Malley.

More to follow…

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April 1, 2010 at 8:40 am

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