This Blog has long been covering the misconceived libel case brought by the British Chiropractic Association against the science writer Simon Singh.
(Singh said it was inappropriate for the BCA to promote chiropractic (a type of spinal treatment) for six children's ailments unrelated to the spine.)
By now the BCA should have filed at the High Court a "Reply" to the "Defence" of Singh (see here).
But according to the English High Court, no Reply has yet been filed.
This is peculiar. There are some possible explanations:
1. the BCA have not done a Reply, but this would mean they have (in effect) accepted the Defence as it stands;
2. the BCA have served the Reply on Singh, but not filed it at court, but this would mean their lawyers are perhaps incompetent;
3. the BCA are seeking to keep the Reply as some sort of closed document, but this would mean that they are embarrassed at what their Reply says; or
4. either I or the High Court have made a mistake (never to be ruled out).
I wonder which one it is?
(By the way, the case features in the current Private Eye.)