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On 28 September 2016, Mrs Justice Whipple continued an injunction preventing “person(s) unknown” from using material obtained from Pippa Middleton’s iCloud account (Middleton and another v Person or Persons Unknown). The Sun reported that they had alerted Ms Middleton to the hack after being contacted by an anonymous individual who purported to have 3,000 images … Continue reading Pippa Middleton granted injunction against “person(s) unknown” following iCloud hack

On 4 November, Mr Justice Nicol handed down an anonymised judgment in ERY v Associated Newspapers Limited.  It focuses on two important issues.  First, the necessary likelihood of the matters sought to be restrained by an injunction.  Second, the extent to which police investigations into individuals give rise to a reasonable expectation of privacy and … Continue reading High Court extends privacy injunction to prevent publication of information regarding police investigation

Using the principles established in recent cases related to online anonymous defamation, the High Court has granted an injunction and damages of £10,000 against persons unknown responsible for anonymous defamatory material (Smith v Unknown Defendants). The claimant writes the “Matthew Hopkins: The Witchfinder General” blog and is a former borough councillor in Welwyn Hatfield.  The … Continue reading High Court grants relief against persons unknown in online libel case

The Supreme Court has upheld the PJS injunction by a majority of four to one, preventing the media from naming the celebrity involved in an alleged threesome at the end of 2011. This is an eagerly-awaited judgment in the most high-profile injunction case of the year to date. By way of a recap, in early January the … Continue reading Supreme Court upholds “celebrity threesome” injunction: PJS v News Group Newspapers Limited

The High Court has granted injunctions to US claimants in relation to two closely related applications. The case (Power Places Tours Inc and others v Free Spirit and another) is unusual as one of the injunctions granted was to protect US residents from being harassed online by an individual, notwithstanding that they did not appear … Continue reading English High Court grants US residents injunction to prevent online harassment

In Weller and others v Associated Newspapers Limited, the Court of Appeal has rejected an appeal by Associated Newspapers Limited, publishers of the Mail Online website, against a finding of liability in the tort of misuse of private information arising from the unauthorised publication of unpixelated paparazzi photographs of Paul Weller’s children taken on a … Continue reading Appeal of injunction granted in Weller case refused

On 27 October 2015, Mr Justice Blake set aside an injunction granted in defamation proceedings brought by Vladimir Bukovsky against the Crown Prosecution Service (“CPS”).  In doing so, he considered a number of issues relating to freedom of expression, the duties of the press and proportionality. Background The proceedings were brought by Mr Bukovsky after … Continue reading Injunction set aside in libel case

On 1 August 2015, the High Court granted the applicants in AMC and KLJ v News Group Newspapers (i) an interim injunction to restrain the respondent’s publication of material relating to the first applicant’s sexual relationship with a third party, X; and (ii) a corresponding anonymity order. Facts The first applicant (A1) is a “prominent … Continue reading High Court grants privacy injunction to professional sportsman and his wife

In Allfiled UK Ltd v Eltis and others, the High Court granted a bespoke interim injunction to protect confidential information and intellectual property.  In doing so, it considered the application of the American Cyanamid test where it was argued that the grant of an interim injunction would effectively dispose of the action. Facts The applicant … Continue reading Bespoke interim injunction to protect confidential information and IP

In Warwickshire County Council v Matalia, Warwickshire County Council was granted an injunction by the High Court to prevent the defendant, Mr Matalia, from publishing information about the Birmingham 11 + exam to a website registered to him. The Council sought the injunction on the grounds of breach of confidence and/or under section 222 of … Continue reading Injunction granted to prevent publication of information about 11+ exam