On Monday 27 September 2010, Mrs Justice Sharp handed down an important judgment in a privacy case which had previously been the subject of a so-called “super injunction”. The judgment in the case of DFT v TFD ( EWHC 2335 (QB)) concerned a blackmail case in which a woman was threatening to make public private and confidential information concerning a sexual relationship with the claimant unless she was paid very substantial sums.
On 9 September 2010, an injunction was granted restraining publication of the private information and the Judge also ordered anonymity and made an order prohibiting the reporting of the fact of the order had been made. This latter provision made the injunction a so-called “super-injunction”. The reason for the anonymity was to prevent inevitable intrusions into the claimants private life if no such provision was made.
Read more on Inforrm’s Blog. It’s a good discussion of how the court approaches protecting the privacy of an individual who is being blackmailed.