Tag Archive for libel

Icke sued, settles libel action against popular book

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Some interesting news regarding conspiracy promoter and the prince of looney ideas, David Icke. A lawyer, dogging him for years, has received a settlement claiming Icke’s book Children of the Matrix was defamatory to Jewish people. David Icke settles libel action via the website of Richard Warman, Canadian human rights attorney. British conspiracy writer David…

Skeptical activists still asking questions of Psychic Sally (Updated)

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Dear Psychic Sally: If you are speaking with the dead, why haven’t you won a major scientific prize or accolades? Why aren’t you helping to find terrorists who murdered people? Why are you using your talent just in theatre shows for money? Just wondering… A skeptical campaign surrounding Sally Morgan continues despite the legal threats…

Kent Hovind files complaint against RationalWiki for libel, from jail

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Kent Hovind, a young-earth Creationist evangelist, known as Dr. Dino (doctorate is in Christian Education through correspondence from non-accredited Patriot University in Colorado Springs, Colorado), currently incarcerated for tax-related crimes, has a beef with what was posted about him on the website RationalWiki. He has filed a complaint with the state of Florida. Rational Wiki is a site specializing…

Suicidal Psychic Sally

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We don’t usually post stories from The Sun. You don’t have to click on it. In fact, I advise you don’t. The gist of it is that the coverage of accusations that she was a “fake” made Sally suicidal. Sally Morgan: Claims I was fake made me want to kill myself | The Sun |Features.…

Psychic Sally settles £125,000 libel damages from Daily Mail

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After two psychic wins in the US last week (see here and here), we have this very disappointing and messed up settlement from the Sally Morgan UK libel accusation. Daily Mail to pay £125,000 libel damages over TV psychic ‘scam’ claim | Media | guardian.co.uk. The Daily Mail has apologised and agreed to pay £125,000…

Writer threatened over news of retractions

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This is strange. Why do people go after Ivan’s Retraction Watch? It’s not like they are retracting the papers, just reporting that the papers were retracted. Streisand Effect engaged. Doctor Goes After Retraction Watch, Unleashes Streisand Effect | Reporting on Health. Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus wrote about [Dr. Bharat] Aggarwal for Retraction Watch. Aggarwal threatened to…

More companies go after critical bloggers with heavy-handed tactics

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This is becoming a popular trend. Wonder when they will get the hint that it DOESN’T work. Tim Farley posts on two critical bloggers that are facing legal threats instead of fair debate. Morning Toolbox – October 11, 2012 – Legal Threats and Fair Use | Skeptical Software Tools. Seems to be one of those…

‘What Doctors Don’t Tell You’ mag threatens legal action against Simon Singh (UPDATE: libel backtracking)

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Simon Singh threatened with legal action for criticising health magazine The science writer and libel reform campaigner Simon Singh has been threatened with legal action after criticising an alternative health magazine on Twitter. Earlier this week, Singh took to the social media network to denounce a magazine called What Doctors Don’t Tell You (WDDTY). Described…

Wakefield files appeal of dismissed defamation suit

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In an update to this story of Andrew Wakefield‘s defamation claim being thrown out of court, he may not be gone yet. Orac has found evidence of an appeal. Andrew Wakefield appeals?. On the antivaccine front, this year began with antivaccine hero Andrew Wakefield filing suit against investigative reporter Brian Deer, the BMJ, and Fiona…

Spiritual charity head sues bloggers over fraud claim

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Charity chief sues blog | Ottawa Sun. A public servant founded a questionable spiritual charity after devotees claimed he appeared in their dreams. Ram Singh launched the Sai Nilayam Spiritual Organization in 2000; it became a registered charity in 2004. Singh is also a Treasury Board employee who is testifying in a $62-million bid-rigging lawsuit…

The curious admissions of the British Chiropractic Association

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Need a primer on how chiropractic was taken to task by Simon Singh and an army of inquirers? Check out this piece in the Guardian by Edzard Ernst. Referenced with links to the claims and responses made through the allegations and subsequent trial, Ernst reveals that the BCA has even strange ideas about itself and…

Wakefield sues Deer et al. for libel in the U.S.

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Legal thuggery, antivaccine edition: Andrew Wakefield sues Brian Deer, the BMJ, and Fiona Godlee Orac’s blog post has news that Andrew Wakefield, discredited (former) doctor known for the MMR vaccine research paper fiasco, has sued the author, editor and journal of the piece that gutted him. If there’s one thing that a crank, quack, pseudoscientist,…

Burzynski Clinic Bullies Bloggers with Legal Threats (Major update)

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Here is a sequel to the story we brought you earlier this week regarding the Bainbridge Cancer Charity… The 21st Floor » Blog Archive » Burzynski Clinic Issues Legal Threats Against Bloggers. It is very telling when the response to criticism of a scientific claim is not counterargument, but a legal threat. It’s therefore extremely discouraging…

Nature journal article pegged in science libel case

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BBC News – Nature journal libel case begins. A libel case against the scientific journal Nature has begun in the High Court, Central London. The case has been brought against the publication by an Egyptian scientist, Prof Mohamed El Naschie. He has claimed that an article published by the journal in November 2008 damaged his…