In 2008, Dr Simon Singh published an article in the Guardian claiming that the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) “happily promotes bogus treatments”. The BCA sued Dr Singh for defamation and, in May 2009, the High Court made a finding in its favour on the basis that Dr Singh’s comments were facts that he would have to prove in court. Dr Singh appealed and, on 1 April 2010, the Court of Appeal held that Dr Singh’s remarks were honest opinion and that, as such, he was entitled to a defence of fair comment. Further, the court held that “scientific controversies must be settled by the methods of science rather than by the methods of litigation”. The BCA does not intend to appeal that decision and the defamation action has been withdrawn. Whilst Dr Singh will recover most of his costs from the BCA, he expects to be left with a bill of up to £60k.

British Chiropractic Association v Singh [2010] WLNR 7900878