Wakefield Case Against Deer, Godlee & BMJ Dismissed

August 3, 2012 at 8:49 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Legal Chill) (, , , )

It has been reported that Andrew Wakefield’s case against Fiona Godlee, Brian Deer and the BMJ has been thrown out. The Statesman has this: “In a one-paragraph order, Travis County District Judge Amy Clark Meachum said Texas courts don’t have jurisdiction over the parties Wakefield sued. She tossed out the case.” Read the rest of this entry »

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The Confusing Case of the “Cancer Active” Charity

July 8, 2012 at 6:45 pm (Legal Chill, Miscellaneous)

Professor David Colquhoun of the Improbable Science blog has apparently been threatened with legal action over a blog post about CANCERactive. I am baffled. I am confused for various reasons, including the following: I’m uncertain of the objectives of the charity, I am uncertain of the basis of the legal threat, and I am uncertain of the status of the trading carried out by the charity. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sue Reid on MMR in the Daily Mail

June 23, 2012 at 3:42 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Legal Chill) (, , , , )

The Daily Mail recently published a new article on MMR and autism. I was unhappy with the piece and had a conversation by email with the journalist, in which I set out my concerns. Read the rest of this entry »

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Burzynski Clinic Threatens Blogger

November 24, 2011 at 7:05 pm (Legal Chill) (, , , , , )

Someone acting for the Burzynski Clinic, Burzynski Research Institute, and Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, has written to Le Canard Noir of the Quackometer blog to make threats of legal action regarding a critical article he posted. The correspondence is aggressive (“Be smart and considerate for your family and new child, and shut the article down”), accusing the blogger of “lying” and being part of “a fraud network”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why I Write About The Daily Mail

June 24, 2011 at 4:04 pm (Legal Chill, Media) (, , , )

Daily Mail Editor Paul Dacre The Daily Mail have been responsible for a number of misleading, inaccurate, or distorted articles. When blogging about the Mail I’ve focused on articles about health and science, whereas other bloggers have cast their nets wider: for example Tabloid Watch, Mail Watch, and Angry Mob. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rodial Roundup

November 14, 2010 at 3:17 pm (Legal Chill) (, , , , )

I wrote yesterday about Rodial silencing criticism. Several other bloggers have also written about the case and I thought I’d do a quick round-up. Read the rest of this entry »

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Silencing Critics: Legal Chill

November 13, 2010 at 2:26 pm (Legal Chill) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

A company called Rodial have threatened a doctor with a lawsuit after she raised doubts about a “boob job cream”. While Rodial’s lawyers letter states that Rodial would have provided information on “clinical assessment and product ingredients” on request, they failed to do so when contacted by Ben Goldacre. Read the rest of this entry »

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Simon Singh and the British Chiropractic Association

April 1, 2010 at 4:35 pm (Alternative Medicine, Chiropractic, Law, Legal Chill) (, , , , , , , )

Having co-authored a book about alternative medicine with Edzard Ernst, popular science writer Simon Singh penned an article for the Guardian about one of the alternative therapies covered in the book. The article was published at a time when chiropractic was being promoted. This newspaper article then became the subject of a complaint from the chiropractic association, the BCA. Read the rest of this entry »

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All The Way up To Eleven… Beware The Spinal Trap

July 29, 2009 at 12:42 pm (Alternative Medicine, Chiropractic, Law, Legal Chill) (, , , )

Following the decision of the BCA to sue Simon Singh for his 2008 article Beware the Spinal Trap (published in the Guardian), much has happened. Two bloggers made omnibus complaints about hundreds of chiropractors, for one thing. I’ve written a number of posts about chiropractic myself, but today’s post is a reprint of Simon Singh’s original article, made “lawyer-friendly”. Read the rest of this entry »

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BCA Statement Baffles Blogger

June 18, 2009 at 3:21 pm (Alternative Medicine, Chiropractic, Legal Chill) (, , , , )

It’s true. I’m baffled by the statement that has been issued by the British Chiropractic Association. I suspect I am not the only one. Read the rest of this entry »

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