Case Law: OPQ v BJM – a privacy injunction “contra mundum”

23 04 2011

The case of OPQ v BJM ([2011] EWHC 1059 (QB)) addresses one of the most difficult practical issues in privacy law and adopts a novel solution.  Eady J granted a “contra mundum” injunction – that is, one binding on the whole world – in an ordinary “blackmail” privacy case.   This means that, although a “final judgment” will be entered, the injunction continues to bind the press and other third parties.  The case has attracted considerable media criticism, for example in the “Daily Mail” which, in a front page story tells its readers: “TV Star’s Shame Hushed up for EverRead the rest of this entry »