Europe

Apr 7, 2011

‘Hyper injunctions’ may be contempt of parliament

A British MP has raised the possibility of jailing super injunction-happy judges. But the same problem that caused them is happening here.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Two developments overnight have refocused British attention on the problem of super injunctions.

Last week Crikey revealed the British financier behind the latest, and highly novel, form of super injunction in the UK, used in a libel trial to prevent disclosure of the financier’s identity — Mr ZAM for legal purposes — and issues relating to a financial dispute within the Lumley family, which had hundreds of millions of pounds sterling in an offshore trust fund. Most of the Lumley family’s wealth is from an insurance business purchased by Australia’s Wesfarmers in 2003. The libel trial centres on unevidenced claims of financial impropriety and s-x offences, and the injunction extends beyond the respondents in the case to anyone in the UK.

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2 thoughts on “‘Hyper injunctions’ may be contempt of parliament

  1. Socratease

    This superinjunction business is a creeping disease that needs to be eradicated. For mine it’s the thin end of a wedge that leads to the sort of environment that the controlling classes of communist and fascist regimes revel in.

  2. Socratease

    This superinjunction business is a creeping disease that needs to be eradicated. For mine it’s the thin end of a wedge that leads to the sort of environment that the controlling classes of communist and f-ascist regimes revel in.

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