Fonterra obtains injunction to keep secrets

Dairy giant Fonterra has obtained a High Court injunction against a number of parties including Newsroom to prevent disclosure of 'confidential information'.

The injunction was granted by Justice Karen Clark in the High Court at Wellington late Friday against two respondents, who the judge said we could not name. Newsroom was later served with the injunction order by email from a Fonterra lawyer, Julian Brown, of Chapman Tripp. He said we were restrained as an "unnamed third respondent" from using or publishing information

The order will allow Fonterra to keep the information at the centre of the action secret until "the determination of the substantive matter" on March 26, which falls after its next financial reporting date.

Newsroom will continue to inquire, here and overseas, into Fonterra and its activities.

That is all, for now, that can be said.

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