I understand that Simon Singh will announce whether he will appeal on Monday 18 May 2009 at a public support meeting to take place in London at 6.30pm.
The venue will be the Penderels Oak, the usual meeting place of London Skeptics in the Pub.
As well as Simon Singh, the leading UK journalist Nick Cohen will be speaking. Other speakers are currently being confirmed.
(For further updates see the Facebook site and my Twitter.)
I understand that a fund is being considered either to support this case (though third party funding of UK litigation is a complex area) or as a distinct legacy fund to support the ongoing scrutiny of the promotion of CAM. A dedicated website on this case, and the issues relating to the promotion of CAM, is also being prepared. More details to follow.
Many thanks indeed to everyone who took the time to make such highly constructive comments and suggestions as to what he should do next. I understand each of these these contributions - including the proposed Heresiarch manoeuvre - have been considered by Simon and his team.
Particular regard should be given to the comment of "Richard Keen" - actually known to me to be a leading libel specialist - that the judge may have been influenced by the word bogus in the context of "happily promote" and that the defamatory passage as a whole needs to be borne in mind.
This story has now been picked up more widely on the web.
Two posts stand out in particular.
The bestselling writer and comedian Dave Gorman powerfully criticises the potential implications of the ruling - see the Second Thing here.
And the psychologist (and excellent blogger) Petra Boynton provides a thoughtful and humane account of the the experience of a writer actually being threatened with such libel actions.
Both posts are - for me - "must reads".
You may also be interested in my own article in this week's New Scientist.
Simon Singh suffered a bad setback a week ago.
However, the attention now being given to the issue of the misconceived promotion of CAM, as well as the real problems of science writing under English libel law, has at least ensured that - in its way - this has also been a Chiropractic Awareness Week.