Dr. Singh could lose £60000 in legal costs despite winning battle against chiropractors

Although, science writer Simon Singh has won his battle against a chiropractic organization that sued him for libel, yet, he stands to lose £60,000.

Dr. Singh spent around £200,000 on defending himself, but his lawyers said they would be able to recover just 70 per cent of the total costs from the British Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Singh said that he would have to foot a bill of £60, 000 for a clear victory.

Speaking on the topic, he added, “That explains why people don’t fight libel cases: even if you win, you lose. My victory does not mean that our libel laws are OK, because I won despite the libel laws.”

The BCA, which decided to drop its action against Dr. Singh, had been suing the writer over a newspaper article in which he argued that there was a lack of evidence for claims some chiropractors make on treating certain childhood conditions such as colic and asthma.

British libel laws are being criticized as they put a check on the freedom of speech.