Trial to decide whether Littlejohn can leave The Sun

Dominic Ponsford

The Sun’s star columnist Richard Littlejohn
is digging in for a bitter legal fight with his bosses and a three-day
trial to decide whether he can leave the paper before the end of his
contract in February.

Littlejohn was at the High Court this
morning as News Group newspapers sought an injunction to stop him
writing for the Daily Mail before the end of his contract.

The
judge decided that the matter would need to be considered with a full
trial later this month. The two sides looked set to agree an interim
injunction which would stop Littlejohn writing for the Mail in the mean
time.

Britain’s best-paid coloumnist has been with The Sun since
1998. The Daily Mail revealed in May that they had poached him from the
paper.

In recent weeks the twice weekly Littlejohn column has been absent from the paper.

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