Archive for April 1st, 2010
“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.” “
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.
7. The British Chiropractic Association have reportedly issued a statement responding to the ruling…
10. Lay Science publishes statement from the BCA
More to follow…