Category Archives: Media

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

Today, the Supreme Court is considering whether the Court of Appeal was right to set aside an interim injunction preventing The Sun on Sunday from publishing an article regarding the extra-marital sexual encounters of a celebrity. The injunction will remain in place until the end of the hearing, at which the Supreme Court will decide … Continue reading PJS v News Group Newspapers: Supreme Court today considering whether to lift celebrity privacy injunction

On 18 December 2015, Sir Michael Tugendhat, sitting as a Judge of the High Court, awarded injunctions restraining the Defendants, Independent Print Limited and Evening Standard Limited, from using information that was subject to legal professional privilege (“LPP”) after a private hearing (Lachaux v  (1) Independent Print Limited (2) Evening Standard Ltd). The Claimant, Mr … Continue reading Injunctions granted in libel proceedings to protect legal professional privilege

On Thursday 4 February, Olswang hosted a cross-disciplinary seminar, chaired by High Court judge, Mr Justice Birss, on the changing face of injunctions in the age of the internet and mass data. With contributions from experts in intellectual property, digital litigation, commercial litigation and employment law, the discussion covered a range of new developments, with … Continue reading Injunctions in the digital age

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