Category Archives: Media

In Brevan Howard Asset Management LLP v Reuters Limited and others, Mr Justice Popplewell in the High Court granted an application for an interim non-disclosure order preventing the publication or use by a news agency of information contained in documents supplied by Brevan Howard Asset Management LLP (“BHAM”) to 36 potential professional investors. Facts The … Continue reading High Court grants interim injunction against news agency in breach of confidentiality claim

Following the Supreme Court’s decision on 19 May 2016 to uphold the PJS injunction preventing the media from naming the celebrity and their partner involved in an alleged threesome at the end of 2011, the High Court has approved an agreed final order in the action for breach of confidence and misuse of private information. … Continue reading High Court makes final order as parties agree settlement in “celebrity threesome” injunction case: PJS v Newsgroup Newspapers

In Heythrop Zoological Gardens Limited (t/a Amazing Animals) and another v Captive Animals Protection Society, the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court refused to grant an interim injunction preventing publication of photographs and videos taken by animal rights campaigners.  It held there was an insufficient likelihood that the claimant zoo would obtain a final injunction at trial … Continue reading IPEC refuses to grant interim injunction against animal rights campaigners

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

In DMK v News Group Newspapers Ltd, Mr Justice Warby, sitting in the Queen’s Bench Division, has granted two orders designed to prevent the public identification of a defendant in an on-going matter in the Chancery Division. The first of the orders is an injunction restraining News Group Newspapers Ltd (“NGN”) from publishing information that … Continue reading Queen’s Bench judge grants injunction and inspection order preventing public identification of defendant in Chancery proceedings

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