Media law firm Schillings has landed an emergency injunction against a so-called ‘John Doe’ for pop star Britney Spears.
The rare John Doe injunction is against any person who has been “leaking information about Ms Spears’ time in a rehabilitation clinic from further disclosures invading her privacy”.
Spears, according to reports, has been seeking rehabilitation in Promises Residential Treatment Center in Malibu, California after emotional difficulties leading to erratic behaviour, including the uncharacteristic shaving of her head last month.
It is the second time that Schillings has managed to obtain such a rare injunction for star clients in recent years.
In 2003, Schillings made legal history by securing JK Rowling a court order against an anonymous defendant – “John Doe”.
It followed the discovery of two copies of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in a field near a printing plant in Suffolk. Chapters from the book were also offered to several tabloid newspapers by someone described in the Sun at the time as “a shifty-sounding man”.
Last year, Schillings also had a third triumph for pharmaceutical giants GlaxoSmithKline with a “John Doe” injunction which prevented anyone – although it was directed at animal activists – from threatening its shareholders and also banned the publication of their personal details.
The activists, who called themselves the Campaign Against Huntingdon Life Sciences, had targeted around 50 Glaxo shareholders and threatened to list their details on a website if they did not sell or return their shares within 14 days.