The Court Office today confirmed to me that, in an Order sealed on 30 July 2009, the Court of Appeal has refused Simon Singh's application for permission to appeal (PTA).
Letters were sent to the parties yesterday (but there is a post strike in London).
Simon Singh needed PTA because permission to appeal had been refused at first instance at the preliminary hearing in May.
There are no further details yet, including reasons.
I understand that this refusal may now mean he can make an "oral renewal" before the Court of Appeal.
More information will be provided as it becomes available.
Simon Singh has just over SEVEN days to decide whether to ask for an oral renewal hearing, though the seven days commence on the service of notice of the decision on the parties (not the date it was made or any order was sealed).
(This right is unless the Court of Appeal has held that the application is totally without merit.)
See Rule 52.3(4) of the Civil Procedure Rules:
"...where the appeal court, without a hearing, refuses permission to appeal, the person seeking permission may request the decision to be reconsidered at a hearing."