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19.02.12

Privacy injunction obtained by Ann summers' CEO

On 15 February 2012 Tugendhat J handed down a judgment setting out why he has granted an interim injunction preventing the publication of private and confidential information relating to Jacqueline Gold the CEO of Ann summers.

The Defendants Allison Cox and Leanne Bingham both formerly worked with Ms Gold. The application for an injunction was made because Ms Gold had become aware that Ms Bingham was planning on publishing a book based on events surrounding her time at Ann summers and concerning "a very public court case". Ms Cox had been convicted last year of attempting to poison Ms Gold.

Ms Cox consented to the order, but Ms Bingham refused stating that she felt she was entitled to express her views and observations. Notwithstanding the absence of a signed confidentiality agreement, Tugendhat J felt there was a strong argument that a duty of confidentiality existed and that there was real risk it could be breached unless Ms Bingham was restrained by the courts. An interim injunction was granted, but the defendants will have been given the opportunity to make submissions at a pending return date.

A full copy of the judgment can be found at the below link:


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