Sir Philip Green yesterday decided to abandon legal action against the Telegraph; an attempt to stop the paper reporting on allegations of sexual harassment and racist behaviour against him. This is the latest chapter in a matter which has engaged a plethora of issues, ranging from the correct exercise of parliamentary privilege to the effectiveness of injunctions and the ethics of NDAs.
Whilst it is unclear as to the motivations behind this decision, it is unsurprising that Sir Philip has arrived at this conclusion. The litigation appears to be an attempt to lock the stable gate which, courtesy of Lord Hain, the horses jumped clean over. However, it remains to be seen whether any of the five individuals who signed NDAs are willing to expose themselves to "significant risk and future legal action" by coming forward with details of their allegations and, more importantly, whether any newspapers are willing to take the risk of publishing them.
At the heart of the issue are non-disclosure agreements signed by five individuals. In his statement, Sir Philip said that the Telegraph had helped break those agreements and threatened to make the information public.