preliminary injunction
preliminary injunction see injunction

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

preliminary injunction
A court order early in a lawsuit that prohibits the parties from taking a disputed action until the court can decide the merits of the case. For example, if a lawsuit is filed challenging the validity of a new government regulation, the court might issue a preliminary injunction preventing the government from enforcing the regulation until the court can decide whether the regulation is valid. Generally, the party seeking a preliminary injunction must show a substantial likelihood of success on the merits of the lawsuit and a substantial threat of irreparable harm if the injunction is not granted.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

preliminary injunction
USA
A provisional equitable remedy by which a court orders a litigant to perform, or refrain from performing, a particular act before the entry of final judgment. The purpose of a preliminary injunction is to preserve the status quo and the rights of the parties until the issuance of a final judgment in the case.
Rule 65 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) expressly provides for preliminary injunctions in federal civil litigation.
To obtain a preliminary injunction in a US federal lawsuit, the requesting party must show that:
• It has a substantial likelihood of success on the merits.
• It will suffer irreparable harm if the injunction is denied.
• The threatened injury outweighs the harm that the preliminary injunction may cause the opposing party.
• The injunction, if issued, will not adversely affect the public interest.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


preliminary injunction
A temporary order made by a court at the request of one party that prevents the other party from pursuing a particular course of conduct until the conclusion of a trial on the merits.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


preliminary injunction
A temporary order made by a court at the request of one party that prevents the other party from pursuing a particular course of conduct until the conclusion of a trial on the merits.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

preliminary injunction
n.
   a court order made in the early stages of a lawsuit or petition which prohibits the parties from doing an act which is in dispute, thereby maintaining the status quo until there is a final judgment after trial.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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