A decision to sue anyone should indeed never be taken lightly, and usually it should not be made at all".
"A misconceived libel action can be an incredible financial and reputational disaster of the very first order".
"It can be the maddest, saddest decision any person ever makes"
"Any decision to litigate should always be on the assumption that it will go all the way and that you could lose.
"It cannot just be assumed that the defendant will settle or surrender."
Hat tip thingy to Jack of Kent about the completely disgraceful case by the British Chiropractic Association against the journalist Simon Singh. Jack who I understand is a Conservative supporter is also supporting my blogging mucker and staunch Labour Party supporter Dave Osler "in respect of the awful and very misconceived libel claim he is currently fighting".
I also not surprisingly like the first part of the Easterbrook quote adopted by the Court of Appeal "[Plaintiffs] cannot, by simply filing suit and crying 'character assassination!', silence those who hold divergent views, no matter how adverse those views may be to plaintiffs' interests..."
UPDATE: check comments but Jack corrects me that he is no longer "a Conservative Supporter". Apologies - my mistake. Mind you I hope he doesn't sue for making such a simply dreadful, awful and reputation destroying lib...