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In the decision of INEOS Upstream Ltd and others v Persons Unknown and others [2017] EWHC 2945 (Ch) the Court granted a quia timet injunction in relation to anticipated unlawful conduct by protestors. A quia timet injunction is one that restrains wrongful acts which are threatened or imminent but have not yet commenced. The injunction … Continue reading Quia timet injunction granted to restrain anticipated protestors against fracking activities

In Orb ARL and others v Fiddler and another, Mr Justice Popplewell discharged a Norwich Pharmacal order following the discovery of serious failures by the applicants to fulfil their duty of full and frank disclosure.  There was also significant evidence to suggest that the true purpose of the application was to gain an advantage in … Continue reading “Abusive” Norwich Pharmacal order discharged

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

Over the years, the courts have been willing to allow service of legal proceedings via Facebook (AKO Capital LLP and another v TFS Derivatives and others (2012)) and Twitter (Blaney v Persons Unknown (2009)), in circumstances where the claimant has been unable to locate the defendant in order to serve him through more traditional means.  … Continue reading Service of proceedings via Instagram

In Cheshire West and Chester Council and others v Pickthall, Mr Justice Edis granted an interim injunction under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 (the “PHA”) to restrain the defendant from publishing allegations of criminal conduct on the part of the claimant Council and various individuals associated with it.  In doing so, he showed the … Continue reading Harassment and pursuing criminal conduct

In Kerner v (1) WX (2) YZ (Persons Unknown), Mr Justice Warby has continued an harassment injunction and ordered disclosure against the DVLA for details which may track down the respondent journalists. The continuation of the injunction is interesting in that is shows the extent to which the court is prepared to allow injunctive relief … Continue reading When to continue: Kerner part 2

An injunction granted by Mr Justice Warby illustrates both the issues arising in respect of obtaining injunctions against “persons unknown” and also the technical difficulties in obtaining injunctions restraining any matter relating to news reporting. The applicants were Katherine Kerner and her son Jack. They had sustained press attention because in December the husband of … Continue reading Unknown unknowns in Kerner v (1) WX (2) YZ (Persons Unknown)

In Novartis Pharmaceuticals v Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, Mrs Justice McGowan granted an injunction against “persons unknown” under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. This was the first time such an injunction was granted against “persons unknown” to restrain possible acts of harassment. Injunctions against “persons unknown” were developed in the early 2000s, first in … Continue reading “Persons unknown” in harassment proceedings