“PJS” successful in landmark Supreme Court privacy case

Posted on 07 June 2016 by Rebecca Toman

In what is considered by many commentators to be the most important privacy law decision of the decade, Carter-Ruck acted for the Claimant, “PJS” in his successful appeal to the Supreme Court.  PJS succeeded in upholding an interim injunction restraining publication of his identity in proceedings for misuse of privacy, which had been granted earlier in the year. PJS v News Group Newspapers is the first case in which the Supreme Court has given judgment on an interim application for an injunction restraining breach of privacy.

The interim injunction is to continue until trial or further order.

By a majority of 4:1 the Supreme Court held that, although there had already been a degree of disclosure of the private information on the internet and elsewhere, the repetition of such disclosure could constitute a further invasion of the claimant’s privacy, especially if it occurred in a different medium.

In an unprecedented move, The Supreme Court fast-tracked the Appeal, it having taken only two days from the application for permission to appeal being lodged for the appeal to be argued in front of the court.

The Daily Telegraph reported that “a full-on privacy law” had been created as a result of the Supreme Court decision.

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