The British Chiropractic Association has today ended its libel claim against science writer Simon Singh. The news from Singh’s lawyers comes two weeks after a ruling that went in Singh’s favour, overturning a previous ruling by a different judge on Singh’s piece in the Guardian. The first ruling would have made it exceeding difficult for Singh to defend his piece but the recent ruling would have offered him a defence of ‘fair comment’ had the BCA continued with the case.
Since the ruling was overturned the BCA has been considering its position and today put out a statement saying:
The BCA takes seriously its duty and responsibilities to members and to chiropractic patients. The BCA has considered seeking leave to take this matter to the Supreme Court and has been advised there are strong grounds for appeal against the Court of Appeal judgment. However, while it was right to bring this claim at the outset, the BCA now feels that the time is right for the matter to draw to a close.
The case has prompted renewed interest in an appeal to overhaul UK libel law, and Nature opined on this subject last year in the midst of Singh’s troubles. Singh is intending to pursue the BCA for costs according to the Times .