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Examples of injunction in a Sentence
The group has obtained an injunction to prevent the demolition of the building.
in the cult there were injunctions for and against everything, as nothing was a matter of personal choice
Recent Examples of injunction from the Web
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich's office filed an injunction against the Mynt Lounge on Dec. 21.
Federal judges have issued injunctions against such bans in states such as Texas, Alabama, Kansas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, according to the National Right to Life Committee.
The county agreed to a permanent injunction against enforcement of the original ordinance, under terms of the settlement.
In June of this year, Wiseau sought an injunction against showing the doc, forcing Harper to suspend digital pre-sales and remove its presence from the internet.
The state’s complaint, filed Tuesday in state Superior Court in Bergen County, asks the court to grant injunctions against the ordinances.
The bankruptcy filing comes after a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled in favor of the studios in December and granted a preliminary injunction against VidAngel.
Last week, Elliott’s fight took a setback when the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals tossed out the original preliminary injunction against the suspension that was allowing him to play.
Among other relief, the suit asks the court to impose an injunction against the rate increase.
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Did You Know?
Injunction derives, via Anglo-French and Late Latin, from the Latin verb injungere, which in turn derives from jungere, meaning "to join." Like our verb enjoin, injungere means "to direct or impose by authoritative order or with urgent admonition." (Not surprisingly, enjoin is also a descendant of injungere.) Injunction has been around in English since at least the 15th century, when it began life as a word meaning "authoritative command." In the 16th century it developed a legal second sense applying to a court order. It has also been used as a synonym of conjunction, another jungere descendant meaning "union," but that sense is extremely rare.
Synonymsbehest, charge, commandment, decree, dictate, direction, directive, do, edict, imperative, command, instruction, order, word
Related Wordsdemand, requirement; mandate; countermand, counterorder; law, precept, prescript, prescription, rule; ordinance, regulation, statute
Near Antonymsappeal, entreaty, petition, plea, urging; proposal, recommendation, suggestion
Financial Definition of INJUNCTION
What It Is
An injunction is a court order that requires a party to stop doing certain things.
How It Works
In the business world, injunctions sometimes involve intellectual property. Let's say that Company XYZ is a restaurant company. It has trademarked its name ("Donuts and Company") and has decorated all of its restaurants in the same, distinct way (striped awnings in front of the stores, special light fixtures, and a particular color scheme inside the restaurants). The company is doing well and opening a lot of restaurants around the country.
Jane Smith visits a Donuts and Company store one day while she is vacationing in Miami. She thinks her small town in Arizona could use a restaurant like Donuts and Company. Instead of becoming a franchisee, she starts a knock-off. She leases a site in Arizona, puts together a very similar menu, and decorates her "Donuts and Friends" restaurant with the same colors and distinctive awning outside.
One day, Donuts and Company catches wind of Jane's venture. They send an executive out to her restaurant to take pictures and collect evidence of Jane's efforts to imitate Donuts and Company. Then they sue Jane for trademark infringement. The judge issues an injunction, ordering Jane to stop selling food under the "Donuts and Friends" name, to change her trade dress (decorative appearance), and to stop using the Donuts and Company menu.
Some injunctions are preliminary injunctions, which means that a party is prohibited from doing something until the court has made a further decision. That further decision may involve issuing a permanent injunction, which forbids a party from doing something indefinitely or until certain conditions are met. Restraining orders are a kind of injunction.
Why It Matters
Injunctions are an alternative to monetary judgments, in which the court might order a party to pay damages to another party. In some cases, they are much better for defendants to deal with; in Jane's case, the monetary damages could have come with a much higher cost if Donuts and Company alleged that it lost business in Arizona due to Jane's knock-off. In some cases, they are better for plaintiffs as well.
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