Tuesday, October 13, 2009

British law firm abandons proceeding blocking Parliamentary reporting

A law firm has abandoned a bid to prevent the British press from reporting proceedings in Parliament. Carter-Ruck had tried to stop the media revealing that a Labour MP had tabled a question relating to oil-trading firm Trafigura and Ivory Coast toxic waste. The MP, Paul Farrelly, asked about an injunction stopping the publication of the Minton report into the waste issue. Carter-Ruck argued an order stopping the media revealing this injunction also applied to Parliamentary reports. The Guardian newspaper had been due to challenge the order in court later on Tuesday. However, Carter-Ruck relented, allowing media to reveal that there is an injunction in place blocking the publication of the report, which was commissioned by Trafigura.

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