Injunction Relief

What Is an Injunction and Why Is it Used?

Injunction relief—also known as injunctive relief or simply as an injunction—is a court order that prohibits an organization or an individual from taking a specific action. Conversely, an injunction may also require an entity to take a certain action.

The main intent behind injunction relief is to limit or prevent actions that could cause irreparable damage to another person or entity. It’s often used when monetary compensation is not considered enough to right the wrongdoing of the entity receiving the injunction.

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What Are the Types of Injunctions?

Injunctions are categorized by two different variables: the effect they have and their level of permanency.

Type of Effects

Levels of Permanency

What Is an Example of Injunctive Relief?

There are many scenarios when injunction relief will most likely be used to settle a legal dispute. Here are some of the most common examples:

What Forms of Relief Can Injunctions Offer?

Injunctions can offer relief where monetary compensation does not suffice or is not appropriate. For example, in the case of bankruptcy, it is more appropriate to ask debt collectors to halt their collection efforts than to request financial rewards.

Another way injunctions can offer relief is by limiting further damage that an entity may cause. In the case of intellectual property infringement, allowing the offending party to continue can seriously harm the licensed property; halting the infringement is the most fiscally responsible tactic.

What Is the Purpose of Injunctive Relief?

The primary purpose of injunction relief is to prevent future harm from occurring. If the offending entity continues to operate in lieu of the injunction, they may receive jail time or be charged further fees.