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PJS v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2016] UKSC 26


The Supreme Court has today (by a majority of 4-1) allowed an appeal by PJS from the decision of the Court of Appeal setting aside an interim injunction restraining the identification of PJS and other individuals and details of extramarital sexual encounters.

PJS had originally been refused an interim injunction by Cranston J on 15 January 2016 but on 22 January the Court of Appeal allowed his appeal: [2016] EWCA Civ 100. On 15 April 2016 the Defendant applied to the Court of Appeal to have the injunction discharged on the grounds that the protected information was now in the public domain. The Court of Appeal acceded to this application and discharged the injunction: [2016] EWCA Civ 393. Today’s Supreme Court majority decision allowed PJS’s appeal from that second decision of the Court of Appeal. As a result of today’s judgment, the interim injunction will remain in effect. 

A full summary of the Supreme Court’s reasons is available here.

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